Frankie Howerd livces on in Up Pompeii

AUDIENCES will be teased and titillated by the master of double-entendre at Lowestoft’s Marina Theatre from Thursday.

Following the enormous success with stage revivals of Allo Allo and Dad’s Army, the national tour of Up Pompeii is set to continue in the same tradition, and features one of British theatre’s great comedy actors in the iconic part of Lurcio – originally made famous by Frankie Howerd.

Starring funnyman Damian Williams, host of Sky One’s Are You Smarter Than Your Ten Year Old? in the role of Lurcio the slave, Up Pompeii is one of the most fondly remembered BBC comedies.

Set in the pre-eruption city Damian is said to interact with his audience in exactly the same way as Frankie Howerd did all those years ago. Up Pompeii was famous for its double entendres, its risqu� gags, its scantily clad girls and tongue-in-cheek humour.

The stage play of the popular TV comedy was also originally written for Frankie Howerd by Miles Tredinnick in 1988, but was never staged, as Howerd took a different West End role. It was then due to be staged in the early 90s, however Howerd died before it went into production.

Now updated, Up Pompeii, plays at the Marina from Thursday to Saturday, March 17 to 19, nightly at 7.30pm, with a matinee at 2.30pm on the Saturday.

Meanwhile, the popular biannual Royal Marines Band Concert takes place tomorrow with the Band Of HM Royal Marines Collingwood. Presented in aid of local Royal Marines’ charities, the concert starts at 7.30pm.

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On Tuesday, the Marina welcomes the return of L/Cpl Ryan Idzi, Sgt Major Gary Chilton and Sgt Richie Maddocks as The Soldiers visit as part of their 2011 live concert tour.

Following the success of The Soldiers debut album Coming Home, which dominated the charts, The Soldiers tour is mainly playing major cities including Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff, Birmingham and London’s Royal Albert Hall. The inclusion of the Marina is another coup for the venue. Veterans and service families can buy discounted tickets.

l For information or to book seats for any Marina movie or show call the box office on 01502 533200.