A Lancashire theatre is featuring Victoria Wood’s Acorn Antiques: The Musical in its autumn schedule, giving theatre goers the chance to see Victorian balloon back dining chairs in a whole new light.
The show is being staged by the Bacup Amateur Operatic Dramatic Society (BAODS) at the Bacup Royal Court Theatre, which the society has owned since 1969. Attracting theatre goers from as far away as Cumbria and Preston, Victorian dining chairs were still in vogue when the company was founded around 120 years ago – so a spoof musical based around the business of selling them should hold no challenges.
Acorn Antiques: The Musical is based on the hilarious comedy sketches of the same name. A parody of soap operas such as Crossroads, they were a regular feature of Victoria Wood’s ‘As Seen On TV’ show of the 1980s. In 2005, Wood decided to resurrect the ten minute skits as a full-length stage production, set to music. Nominated Best New Musical in the Laurence Olivier Awards, it premiered in London’s West End in 2005, with Victoria, Julie Waters and Celia Imrie playing the lead roles (as in the TV show). An improved version, directed by Wood but with a new cast, went on tour in 2006, paving the way for the first amateur production in 2009.
Mrs Overall, Babs and the rest of the Acorn Antiques team will be making mayhem among the Victorian dining chairs from Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th October in what promises to be a fun-packed amateur production. Real-life antiques, however, should always be purchased from professionals, so buy your Victorian balloon back dining chair from a Preston antique dealer.
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