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Romford musical: Gary’s life gets complicated in time-travelling world premiere of Goodnight Sweetheart

PUBLISHED: 15:00 31 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:44 31 August 2018

Madelaine Jennings (as Yvonne Sparrow), Jai Sepple (as Gary Sparrow) and Kirsty Cherrett (as Phoebe Bamford). Picture: Mark Sepple.

Madelaine Jennings (as Yvonne Sparrow), Jai Sepple (as Gary Sparrow) and Kirsty Cherrett (as Phoebe Bamford). Picture: Mark Sepple.

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A new musical comedy based on an award-winning BBC TV series that mixed drama with comedy is coming to Romford’s Brookside Theatre.

Madelaine Jennings (as Yvonne Sparrow), Jai Sepple (as Gary Sparrow) and Kirsty Cherrett (as Phoebe Bamford). Picture: Mark Sepple.Madelaine Jennings (as Yvonne Sparrow), Jai Sepple (as Gary Sparrow) and Kirsty Cherrett (as Phoebe Bamford). Picture: Mark Sepple.

Goodnight Sweetheart the musical is written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran.

By day Gary Sparrow is a very bored and uninspired TV repairman but by night, he becomes an accidental time traveller extraordinaire.

While walking around the East End of London, he stumbles across a strange alley called Duckett’s Passage and is transported back in time to war-torn London.

Gary is unprepared to lead a double life, particularly the complications with his love life when he falls for Phoebe in the 1940s while being married to Yvonne in the present day.

Jai Sepple, theatre manager, told the Recorder: “The theatre and cast are thrilled and honoured to have been given the opportunity to stage this world premiere and become a part of the history – and future – of this fantastic and iconic television series.

“We are sure that the musical will live up to the brilliant reputation of its small screen counterpart – and will prove to be everything that fans of the TV series have come to know, love and expect, the same fast-paced humour but with a few unexpected twists and turns along the way.”

It features hits from the 1980s and 1940s including With A Little Help From My Friends, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Addicted to Love, If I Could Turn Back Time and many more.

Goodnight Sweetheart ran for six years on BBC1 from 1993 to 1999 and the show returned on September 2 for a one-off special called Many Happy Returns.

For his starring role, Nicholas Lyndhurst won the most popular comedy performer at the National Television Awards in 1998 and 1999.

“Whether you’re a fan of the sitcom or just a fan of musical theatre in general, this promises to be a show not to miss,” said Jai.

Goodnight Sweetheart the musical will be performed at Brookside Theatre in Eastern Road from Wednesday, September 12 to Saturday, September 22.

Visit brooksidetheatre.com or call 01708 755775 to book tickets.

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