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Acorn Antiques
Acorn Antiques

Macaroons and Manchesterford will be served up alongside hot tea and coffee as a Victoria Wood musical comes to Rugby Theatre.

A week of performances of Acorn Antiques The Musical will start on Saturday.

The musical is a show based on a number of sketches called Acorn Antiques which debuted on Victoria Wood As Seen on TV which was 
broadcast between 1985 and 1987.

The sketches were a parody of soap operas such as Crossroads. Wood originally decided to turn the show into a West End musical which debuted in 2005 before going on a UK tour in 2007.

The musical follows Miss Babs’ and Miss Berta’s struggle to keep their antiques business open, as shop after shop in the High Street is forced out by faceless chains.

Can they afford to turn down the offer from The Guilty Bean (the world’s second biggest chain of coffee shops – “We’re second so we grind harder”).

If they do update the shop, can they still afford to employ Mrs Overall? Will Mr Clifford ever get his memory back, and remember who he’s engaged to?

And most worryingly, will Mrs Overall be able to tap dance while holding the tray?

The musical was a huge success with original cast members of Celia Imrie and Duncan Preston reprising their roles of Miss Babs and Mr Clifford.

Julie Walters and Victoria Wood alternated the role of Mrs Overall. The original West End show was directed by Trevor Nunn.

The musical features numbers including Manchesterford, Macaroons and We’re On Our Way.

Performing the role of Miss Babbs is Kathy Evans while Michele Marsella takes on the role of Miss Berta.

The iconic part of Mrs Overall will be played by Rayner Wilson and Emma Varbey as Miss Bonnie.

The show at Rugby Theatre will be directed by Garry Hill while the musical director is Jon Watson and the choreographer is Vicki-Jo.

The show will be performed at Rugby Theatre from Saturday until Saturday, October 26 and will be performed every evening at 7.30pm except Sunday. There is also a matinee performance at 3pm on the show’s final day.

The theatre has recommended that people book tickets as quickly as possible as they are currently selling quickly.

Tickets and information on 01788 541234 or visit