Written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton
Directed by Tom Hopkins
Produced by Emma Hopkins
We are very excited to be returning to the trenches to bring you the final three episodes of Blackadder Goes Forth. For those of you who were fortunate enough to see the first three back in 2015, you will have realised that although we have not followed the exact order as shown by the BBC, you will have witnessed a Court Marshall due to an unfortunate event with a pigeon, a day in a WW1 flying school and a trip to the field hospital combined with a German spy. This time, however, Blackadder and his companions return to bring you another long list of cunning plans to escape the front line.
We begin with the very first episode in the fourth series, ‘Captain Cook’, where we meet Captain Blackadder hitching a plan to escape, given the opportunity arising to become the official regimental war artist. The only problem is the cover story is actually just a cover story and, as usual, it doesn’t quite go to plan. We then fast forward an episode to ‘Major Star’ where General Melchett informs Blackadder that a show is required for the men to boost their morale. Blackadder fulfils the role of the great director and clumps together a performance which involves a particularly untalented slug balancer and leaves the leading lady Georgina as a twinkle in the eye of the General.
We then come to the final episode of ‘Goodbyeee’ which, along with a final last ditch attempt to escape going over the top, sees the men relive the past three years on the front line with some moving commentary on what life was actually like for the soldiers during WW1, channelling deeper into the characters thoughts and emotions.
Whilst these three episodes bring a blend of pure hilarious British comedy, writers Richard Curtis and Ben Elton tastefully bring a deeper understanding of the characters pasts, and we get to appreciate their true feelings with what has been said to be one of the most poignant scenes to end a comedy.
We are very honoured to be bringing this show to you across Remembrance week, especially ending on the evening of 11th November, and will also be working closely with the Royal British Legion to collect for the Poppy Appeal throughout the run of the show.
I hope that you are able to watch the show, and I hope that the scripts and the performances stir the emotions as much as they have mine throughout the rehearsal period.
Tom Hopkins – Director
Blackadder – Richard Harfst
George – Gary Nightingale
Baldrick – Michael Bate
Melchett – Alex Macdonald
Darling – Liam Shipton
Bob – Jenny Tallowin Snee
Stage Manager – Wendi Freeman
Props – Jenny Brookes and Sue Constant
Lighting – Andy Woolliscroft
Sound – Steve Nash
Wardrobe – Carole Bramall and Marjorie Sawyer
Prompt – Jane Cavanagh
Stage Crew – Gary Constant and Polly Owen
An amateur performance by arrangement with United Artists.