Blackadder goes forth once more in Buxted

Buxted Players, an amateur dramatics society based in Buxted, is presenting an adaptation of the classic TV comedy Blackadder Goes Forth.

Using the original scripts by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton the show will be performed at the Buxted Reading Room between November 13 and 16.

It is 1917 in The Great War’s Allied trenches at Flanders in France. Field Marshall Haig wants to move his drinks cabinet six inches closer to Berlin.

One of his generals, Anthony Melchett, along with his aide Captain Darling, seems to be guiding the troops into a battle that will result in certain death.

Enter Captain Blackadder, Private Baldrick and Lieutenant George. They will try anything, be it cooking, singing or feigning madness, to try and escape the inevitable.

The cast are:

l Captain Blackadder, Roger Downing

l Private Baldrick, Michael King

l Lieutenant George, Ian Fuller

l General Melchett, David Hayes

l Captain Darling, Stephen Cottrell

l Driver Parkhurst, Anders Michael

l Field Marshall Haig, Andrew Harvey

l Old Soldier, John Harvey

Roger Downing, who plays Blackadder in the Buxted Players production, commented: “I remember fondly the original four Blackadder series from my formative years in the 1980s, not to mention the occasional re-run on UK Gold, and I have very much enjoyed re-creating the role made famous by Rowan Atkinson.”

Andrew Harvey, Director of the play, who lives in Newhaven but is a former Buxted resident, said: “The timing of our production could not have been better, not only are we going to be performing around the 2013 Armistice commemorations, but it’s also a year to the centenary of the start of The Great War.

“Fittingly, too, it’s 30 years this year since Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson first hit our screens as Blackadder and Baldrick. We have some big shoes to fill, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, too.

“We have done our utmost to achieve a production that does justice to Curtis and Elton’s scripts, as well as to the actors who made the characters famous. And I think that audiences will love what we’ve done, it’s true to the original, with a Buxted spin.”

Buxted Players is a small, friendly amateur dramatic society that has been entertaining audiences in the Buxted and Uckfield area of East Sussex since 1928.

They put on twice yearly productions at the Reading Room, Buxted and are particularly known for their comedies.

Recent productions have included and adaptation of the classic television series Fawlty Towers and the pantomime Dick Whittington.

Reasonably priced tickets are available either Online from or by calling the Box Office on 01825 762877.

In producing the play, Buxted Players have raised funds for Comic Relief.