CADS celebrates its 75th anniversary with an award-winning comedy

CLACTON’s Amateur Dramatics Society will celebrate its 75th anniversary with an award-winning comedy.

The season finale of the up-and-coming am dram will be the hilarious seven-time Tony-nominated British romp One Man, Two Guvnors.

It will take place at Clacton’s West Cliff Theater from November 17-19.

Written by Richard Bean and based on Carolo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters, the heartbreaking comedy premiered at the National Theater in 2011 with James Cordon in the lead role.

The show will welcome three new cast members, including Dean Kiely who takes on the lead role of ill-fated caretaker Francis Hensall.

Fired from his skiffle group, Francis becomes caretaker of Roscoe Crabbe, a small East End neighborhood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s father.

But Roscoe is actually her sister Rachel posing as her own deceased brother, who was killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

Locked up in The Cricketers Arms, the permanently hungry Francis sees the possibility of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with a certain Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to find Rachel.

But to prevent the discovery, Francis must separate his two governors.

Director Rachael Welham said: “This piece is a joyous mix of farce and pantomime, and has been so much fun to work with over the past four months.

“This will really brighten up a cold November evening.”

CADS was formed in 1945 although there has been a dramatic society in Clacton dating back to the 1880s.

The band are also set to hold auditions for their next show, Noel Coward’s romantic drama Brief Encounter at Albert Edward Hall in Clacton on November 24 at 7:30 p.m.