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David Benson and Jack Lane star in Dad's Army Radio Show at Wilton's Music Hall

Dad's Army Radio Show - David Benson and Jack Lane. Photo by Richard Davenport.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

BASED on the classic BBC sitcom by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, Dad’s Army Radio Show runs at Wilton’s Music Hall from Tuesday, January 22 to Saturday, January 26, 2019 prior to a 20-date UK tour – full details to be announced.

Two acclaimed actors – David Benson and Jack Lane – play 25 characters in this staging of three classic Dad’s Army radio episodes based on favourite scripts from the original TV series.

Dad’s Army Radio Show celebrates 50 years of Jimmy Perry and David Croft’s quintessential sitcom, which won the Best One-Liner accolade in a poll of comedians conducted by digital channel Gold, with the immortal words “Don’t tell him, Pike” from The Deadly Attachment episode.

This London run coincides with news that three long-lost Dad’s Army episodes wiped by the BBCUnder Fire, A Stripe for Frazer and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker – are to be remade with an all-star cast by Gold in 2019.

Double Fringe First Award winner David Benson (star of Think No Evil Of Us: My Life With Kenneth Williams and Boris: World King) and Jack Lane (Wisdom Of A Fool) present a selection of classic radio episodes, based on the BBC Radio 4 radio adaptations created by Michael Snoad and Harold Knowles, featuring favourite lines, cherished characters and great feats of vocal impersonation!

The featured episodes are:

Mum’s Army

Captain Mainwaring allows women into his platoon but rumours begin to circulate that he has become personally involved with one of the new members. First shown on TV: November 20, 1970. First radio broadcast: April 29, 1975.

The Deadly Attachment

The platoon is ordered to guard the crew of a sunken U-Boat until help arrives from HQ. This is delayed, and the platoon must guard their Nazi prisoners through the night. First shown on TV: October 31, 1973. First radio broadcast: May 4, 1976.

Round And Round Went The Great Big Wheel

The platoon is assigned “special duties” as a new weapon is tested near Walmington-on-Sea. However, their mission takes an unexpected turn… First shown on TV: December 22, 1972. First radio broadcast: April 20, 1976.

Produced by James Seabright, Dad’s Army Radio Show is directed by Owen Lewis and has sound design by Tom Lishman.

Image: Dad’s Army Radio Show – David Benson and Jack Lane. Photo by Richard Davenport.

Tickets: Full price £15.50 – £25. Concessions £13.50 – £23. To book, call the box office on 020 7702 2789 (Monday to Friday, 11am – 6pm) or visit www.wiltons.org.uk/.

Times: 7.30pm, with Thursday and Saturday matinees at 3pm.

Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes (plus 20 minute interval).

Also at Wilton’s: the internationally acclaimed BalletBoyz with Young Men (November 13 to November 17); Dietrich – Natural Duty, created and performed by Peter Groom (November 19 to November 24); and the Christmas classic The Box of Delights by Piers Torday, based on the novel by John Masefield (November 30, 2018 to January 5, 2019).