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Up Pompeii at the Buxton Opera House

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 18, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

Up Pompeii.

Up Pompeii.

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A hilarious show will be at Buxton this week.

Based on the original characters devised by Talbot Rothwell and Sid Colin for the Frankie Howerd BBC comedy, a hilarious stage version of Up Pompeii is coming to Pavilion Arts Centre tomorrow (Thursday, June 19) at 7.30pm.

The farcical romp through ancient Pompeii brings back all the television favourites to make a witty and sparkling full-length play. As Lurcio attempts to deliver his prologue and begin proceedings, he's quickly caught up in the myriad of liaisons in all quarters of his master's house. Why does Ludicrus not leave for the Senate meeting in Rome? Why does his wife return so quickly from the country? Who will take care of the escaped slave girl, Voluptua, and will Nausius's love poetry improve? While growing chaos ensues, an increasing rumbling is heard in the distance – what could that possibly be? A riot from start to finish, the piece is a prime example of comedy farce at its best.

Up Pompeii started life as a comedy television series broadcast between 1969 and 1970. After the success of the TV series a film of the same title was release in 1971.

For tickets for Up Pompeii call 0845 127 2190 or buy online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.

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