Wednesday 26 July. Opening night, and today’s dreary damp weather is forecast to be clearing eastward early this evening, so we expect this evening’s performance to go ahead as planned at 7.45pm. Please do bring warm clothes and so on, just in case though. Ah, the English summer!
Also, if you’re coming to see our open air summer production, please remember to bring a blanket or folding chair to sit on. And bring suitable clothes for the weather! It can get chilly by the end of the evening, even on a hot summer’s day. It’s England, for heaven’s sake! Pip pip!
Also, please buy your tickets in advance if you can. But if you can’t, then bring cash to pay for them. We have no card transaction facilities at our open-air site, and anyone wanting to wave a credit or debit card at us will be sorely disappointed. And we don’t want that!
“Good evening. This is the BBC Light Programme broadcasting from London. It’s 6.45 and time for the next thrilling episode of ‘Dick Barton and the Slaves of The Sultan’!”
When Dick Barton, Boy’s Own adventurer, all-English hero and teatime wireless star, is called upon by MI5 to track down a wealthy socialite missing off the Horn of Africa, little does he know the can of worms he’s about to open.
Before you can say ‘Crikey!’ our hero is mixed up in a fiendish foreign plot to seize control of our upright and principled British armaments industry. Good heavens!
With his loyal working class sidekicks, Jock and Snowy, by his side, Barton sallies forth encountering a nefarious criminal syndicate called the X Faction; a burlesque brace of femme fatales; and a run-in with that other national treasure, Squadron Leader James ‘Biggles’ Bigglesworth of the Special Air Police.
Will Barton, side-parting and moral certainty intact, win the day through British pluck and determination? Will gorgeous heiress, Felicity Buff-Orpington, escape the steamy seraglio of Zanzibar; and if she does, will the pure un-distilled manliness of the Barton ideal wilt in the face of her manifold charms? Or will assorted foreign johnnies and homegrown villains consign Barton to an improbable cliffhanger ending from which there can be no possible escape?!
There’s only one way to find out, tune in to the next exciting instalment of: ‘Dick Barton, Special Agent…’
For nine performances only.
In the open air at the Coulsdon Manor Hotel, Old Coulsdon,
from Wednesday 26th July to Saturday 29th July and again
from Tuesday 1st to Saturday 5th August.
All performances start at 7.45pm.
Audience seating is strictly on a first come, first served basis and on grass, so come early and bring a blanket or your own chair to sit on if you want a comfy seat and a good view. But please don’t bring high-backed chairs – they stop the people behind you seeing the show!
And remember, it can get cold at the end of the evening, even in the middle of summer (this is England), so please bring warm clothing, rugs, and so on – just in case.