Grantham Dramatic Society has detected all the right ingredients to make its latest show a big hit.
Rehearsals for The Pink Panther Strikes Again are going well, with the cast of 20 or so finding plenty of humour in the zany comedy which will take to the stage in May.
The bizarre tale of a loopy detective and his long-suffering boss is an adaptation of the 1976 film starring Peter Sellars and Herbert Lom, and will have broad appeal for Grantham audiences, if previous successes are anything to go by.
Helen Pack, a regular performer with the society, but who will be mising this time because she has a broken leg, said: “After the success of our previous show, Allo, Allo, we looked at half a dozen scripts before choosing The Pink Panther Strikes Again.
“It’s really good fun and there are lots of charcaters, each with a different personality.
“There’s a German hotel keeper, an Italian assasin, a French detective and a Russian spy, so there is plenty for the players to get their teeth into.”
The society makes no bones about about being populist.
Helen said: “We always want to put on shows that people will want to see and Grantham audiences seem to enjoy comedies and musicals, and we enjoy having a good laugh and getting feedback from the audience.
“The first question we ask ourselves when choosing a show is: ‘Is it funny enough?’, and this one certainly is.”
The show will be directed by Mary O’Neill, who has steered many of the society’s most popular recent productions to the stage, and will feature Steve Sale as Inspector Clouseau, Tony Lane as Chief Inspector Dreyfus and Tami Brown as Olga the Russian spy.
The Pink Panther Strikes Again will be staged from May 11 to 17 at the Guildall Arts Centre in Grantham.