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Feast of five classic British comedy movies
19 February 2018

A feast of five movies hailed as classic British comedies are being screened in a three-day season at Sheringham.

The Ealing Comedies from the 1940s and 50s are famous films from a small London studio renowned for the quality of their writing, star performances, understated humour and British eccentricity.

They include Passport to Pimlico where part of the London Borough does a “Brexit” style severance with ration-book riddled post-war Britain after a bombsite reveals papers giving them independent status.

Star studded casts include Alex Guinness playing nine members of the aristocratic D’Ascoyne family who are murder targets.

Coastal dwellers will also revel in the antics of the Scottish islanders trying to outwit customs officials over the fate of 50,000 cases of liquor on a ship stranded off their shore.

Theatre director Debbie Thompson said:  “We had a live stage version of the Ealing comedy The Ladykillers here last summer and after the success we decided to do a season of reviving these classic films on the big screen.

Series details:

Thursday March 1

7.30pm Lavender Hill Mob (1951) – A meek bank clerk teams up with an eccentric neighbour to steal gold bars and smuggle them out of the country (Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sidney James, Audrey Hepburn).

Friday March 2

2.30pm Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) – A disinherited aristocrat tries to murder every family member who stands between him and his fortune (Dennis Price, Alex Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Valerie Hobson).

7.30pm Passport to Pimlico (1949) – Londoners seek to become an independent state to end rationing, sparking problems and diplomatic incidents with the British government (Stanley Holloway, Margaret Rutherford, Hermione Baddeley).

Saturday March 3

2.30pm Man in the White Suit (1951) – Chemist Sidney Stratton creates a white suit that never wears out or gets dirty – threatening the livelihoods of  big business and trades unionists (Alex Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Cecil Parker).

7.30pm Whisky Galore (1949) – Scottish islanders try to plunder cases of whisky from a stranded ship (Basil Redford, Joan Greenwood, Catherine Lacey).

Tickets (£6.50, U-16s £3.50) and more information from the box office 01263 822347 or www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com

Photo: Alec Guinness and Stanley Holloway in the Lavender Hill Mob   

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