Cast of Dad’s Army production at Tolethorpe Hall visit filming location

The cast of Stamford Shakespeare Company's production of Dad's Army The Lost Episodes visited Thetford, the location of the tv programme. Picture are Richard Abel as Mainwaring, Peter Kemp as Wilson, Kerry Leveson as Jones, Jed Jaggard as Pike, Gary Jones as Walker, Colin York as Godfrey and Michael Harrison as Frazer
The cast of Stamford Shakespeare Company's production of Dad's Army The Lost Episodes visited Thetford, the location of the tv programme. Picture are Richard Abel as Mainwaring, Peter Kemp as Wilson, Kerry Leveson as Jones, Jed Jaggard as Pike, Gary Jones as Walker, Colin York as Godfrey and Michael Harrison as Frazer
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The town where Dad’s Army was filmed saw some familiar faces when cast members from Stamford Shakespeare Company visited.

The actors are staging Dad’s Army: The Lost Episodes at Tolethorpe Hall and went to Thetford where the famous sitcom was filmed in full costume and character.

The purpose of the visit was to complete a photo shoot for their forthcoming show which is one of three plays being performed at the Rutland Open Air Theatre in the grounds of Tolethorpe Hall from June 4.

The cast visited Dad’s Army Museum, the Charles Burrell Museum, and the various locations from the fictional Walmington-on Sea.

Stamford Shakespeare Company marketing manager Steve Whittaker, who is directing Dad’s Army, said: “The visit to Thetford, Dad’s Army Museum and the Charles Burrell museum provided the cast with a real sense of the show.

“The opportunity to have photos taken in Mainwaring’s office and in Jones’s van was fantastic as it brought it all to life.

“All the cast thoroughly enjoyed themselves, staying in character throughout the day as they visited the various locations used in the programmes and entertaining the people of Thetford, especially as they not only acted the part but look so uncannily like the original cast.”

Dad’s Army: The Lost Episodes is based on four comedies from the BBC series, two of which were never filmed. The stories have been adapted for the Tolethorpe stage and include A Stripe for Frazer, Sgt Wilson’s Little Secret, Operation Kilt and Under Fire.

Richard Abel is playing Captain Mainwaring, Peter Kemp is Wilson, Kerry Leveson plays Jones, whose catchphrase was ‘Don’t Panic’, Jed Jaggard is Pike, Gary Jones is Walker, Colin York is Godfrey and Michael Harrison plays Frazer.

Many people stopped to watch the shoot following the cast around the town, with even more appearing when Jones’ van was driven out of the museum.

This year Stamford Shakespeare Company will also be performing William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream and The Comedy of Errors.

Tickets cost £13 Monday to Thursday, £15 on Fridays and £18 on Saturday, matinee £13.

To book tickets call 01780 756133 or visit www.stamfordshakespeare.co.uk