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"Allo- Allo" review

19th June 2023 @ 6:06am – by Adrian Fellow
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'Allo 'Allo

Audlem town hall stage was the setting for Rene's Cafe in the Audlem Theatre Company's latest production of 'Allo 'Allo -- a stage adaptation of the Jimmy Perry and David Croft 1980's TV series.

All the familiar characters were there, played by some familiar local faces.

Hillariously intentionally tortured French, German and Italian accents abounded as the show followed the fortunes of cafe owner Rene Artois and the fate of the stolen painting of the Fallen Madonna (with her obvious attributes) and the schemes of Rene the various German occupiers and French Resistance to secure the painting for themselves.

Officer Crabtree's iconic often double-entendre mispronunciations were all there as were Michelle's famous 'listen very carefully, I will say this only once' lines.

Each of the cast gave a cameo performance of their character without exception.

The script was full of comedy moments both in the words and the action, played to great effect as the audience reaction showed.

Clever sets moved the story from scene to scene. Amongst the unforgettable moments were the Rene and Crabtree sausage scene, Edith's cabaret singing, Herr Flick's tango-with-a-limp solo and the dead cockatoo radio transmission.

It was a very entertaining show played to an appreciative capacity audience, thanks to the enthusiasm and hard work of all involved.

Thanks also to Jean Stainthorpe for her review. It was clearly enjoyed by all.

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