The Happiest Days of Your Life

PUBLISHED: 16:25 28 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:35 15 June 2010

LYME Regis Dramatic Society are currently in rehearsal for The Happiest Days of Your Life, which will be performed at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, from Wednesday, April 9, to Saturday, April 12 - curtain up at 7.30pm.

LYME Regis Dramatic Society are currently in rehearsal for The Happiest Days of Your Life, which will be performed at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, from Wednesday, April 9, to Saturday, April 12 - curtain up at 7.30pm.

The Happiest Days Of Your Life is a fast moving comedy set in the late 1940s, with action taking place in the common room of a boys' boarding school.

This fact alone gives opportunities for some eccentric personalities in the forms of headmaster, teachers and school porter but add to the picture the fact that another school is to be billeted with them - orders from the Ministry of Devacuation - and the plot thickens! To add insult to injury, the orders do not state that this school is a GIRLS' SCHOOL!

So, we now have a mixture of masters and mistresses at sixes and sevens to sort out the allocation of accommodation in dorms, classrooms, playing fields etc. Add to this some spirited pupils from both schools and the unexpected visits of parents from whom the school-sharing must be hidden (for various reasons) and the scene is set for a glorious evening of shenanigans! High jinks, confusion and fun abound in this production, which was made into a classic movie in 1950 starring Margaret Rutherford, Joyce Grenfell, Alistair Sim and Richard Wattis.

The cast, mostly familiar to Marine Theatre audiences, has Anne King as the formidable Girls' principal and Chris Knight as the crusty Headmaster; Nick Bogue and newcomer Nigel Broome play schoolmasters, whilst Hazel Cawte and newcomer Debbie Broome play the schoolmistresses. Mike Whatmore is the grumbling school caretaker, whilst Jim Pettifer with Pam Ladd play one pair of terrifying parents and Phil Street with Karen Hull play the other.

The Society is also pleased to welcome Phil's son Luke Street and Nick's daughter Bethany Bogue as two of the far-from-dim pupils.

This production is directed by Cherine Hill who will be remembered particularly for her brilliant production of 'Allo 'Allo last year. As with 'Allo 'Allo, LRDS is pleased to have been offered a slot at the Pavilion Theatre, Sidmouth, on April 15 and 16.

Tickets for the Marine Theatre will be available from the Tourist Information Office - cost £7.50 or £6 for under 16s - so pop a note in your diary to book these from March 22.

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