UK tour for stage adaptation of 1970s sitcom The Good Life

Last Updated on 28 June 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team

Rufus Hound is to star in a new stage adaptation of classic comedy The Good Life touring theatres this autumn

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A new stage adaptation of classic sitcom The Good Life is to tour the UK this autumn, starring Rufus Hound.

The new comedy by Jeremy Sams is based on the much-loved TV series by John Esmonde and Bob Larbey which ran on the BBC from 1975 to 1978.

It will open at Theatre Royal Bath on 7 October 2021 and then tour Cheltenham Everyman, The Lowry in Salford, Oxford Playhouse, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Malvern Theatres, Richmond Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre.

Rufus Hound will play Tom Good – the role originally created by Richard Briers. Full casting for the production is still to be announced.

The show also features set and costume design by Michael Taylor, lighting design by Mark Henderson, sound design by Fergus O’Hare and casting by Ginny Schiller. It is presented by theatre company Fiery Angel.

The BBC sitcom also starred Felicity Kendal as Barbara Good, Penelope Keith as Margo Leadbetter and Paul Eddington as Jerry Leadbetter.

It follows Tom and Barbara as they attempt self-sufficiency at their house in suburban Surbiton – to the consternation of their neighbours, Margo and Jerry. Sams’ adaptation draws on the sitcom but also adds new adventures.

The world premiere was originally scheduled for Bath last summer, with Katherine Parkinson as Barbara, before the pandemic struck.

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