IT won’t actually be Britain’s Got Talent, but it will certainly offer a ‘fete’ worse than death when the committee from hell meets to finalise it’s folk festival plans.

They’ll be crossing swords at Malvern’s Festival Theatre later this month when writer Alan Aykbourn’s hilarious Ten Times Table offers a night of crackling comedy.

This will be the inaugural production from The Classic Comedy Theatre Company and is being produced by Bill Kenwright and his team behind The Agatha Christie, The Classic Thriller and The Classic Screen To Stage theatre companies. Between them, these companies have enjoyed over 15 years of theatrical success across the UK.

The star cast for Ten Times Table is led by leading television and stage actor Robert Daws, who is most loved for his role as Dr Gordon Ormerod in The Royal as well as his time in other hit shows such as Poldark, Outside Edge and Roger Roger.

Joining him is Deborah Grant, best known for playing Wendy in Not Going Out and Deborah Bergerac in Bergerac.

Also among the cast is Emmerdale and Holby City star Gemma Oaten who will be joined by Robert Duncan of Drop The Dead Donkey fame and theatre veteran Mark Curry, well known for his appearances in Hollyoaks and as Kevin in Last Of The Summer Wine.

Just for good measure there’s also Craig Gazey, famous for his portrayal of Graeme Proctor in Coronation Street who completes the cast, alongside Elizabeth Power known for playing Christine Hewitt in EastEnders.

The comedy is set in the long-since ‘grand’ ballroom of the local Swan Hotel, which sees a most miscellaneous assemblage gathered to conduct the business of the Pendon Folk Festival, led by excitable chairman Ray.

Unfortunately, for Ray, his calamitous committee quickly divides, as his wife Helen has a bone to pick… Add a Marxist schoolteacher, a military dog-breeder and an octogenarian secretary, and the table is set for one of comedy master Ayckbourn’s most hilarious plays.

This tumultuous comedy by committee is not to be missed.

Tickets are on sale at the Box Office 01684 892277 and online at

The comedy opens at the Festival on Tuesday, November 11 and runs through to Saturday, November 16.