Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from the dad of his fiancée. But Roscoe is really his sister, Rachel, posing as her own dead brother, who has been killed by her boyfriend, Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at The Cricketers Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple. Based on the classic Italian comedy, The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, in this new English version by prizewinning playwright, Richard Bean.
Production Genre >> Comedy
The stage adaptation of the television programme takes its source, primarily, from the first two series of the show, aired between 1994 and 1998.
The plot follows the aftermath of the death of the ancient Vicar of Dibley. The villagers are horrified to discover that the Bishop has decided to replace the vicar with a woman! However, eventually they learn to accept her as she learns (and challenges) the steadfast ways of the village. She manoeuvres her way into the hearts of the parishioners and the community in which she lives. The play culminates in the wedding celebration of villagers, Alice Tinker and Hugo Horton. Note: £125 per night licence fees directly to Comic Relief.