The Good Life comes to the stage

ONE of the best-loved sitcoms of all time, The Good Life, comes to the stage for the first time at Bath Theatre Royal, from 7th to 16th October, with Rufus Hound in the role made famous by Richard Briers, and Sally Tatum as his long-suffering, hard-working wife, Barbara, played by Felicity Kendal on television.

The Fiery Angel production, adapted and directed by Jeremy Sams, also stars Preeya Kalidas as Margo Leadbetter (Penelope Keith on television) and Dominic Rowan as Jerry (Paul Eddington). Nigel Betts and Tessa Churchard play multiple roles.

Audiences of a certain age will remember the comedy series by John Esmonde and Bob Larbey, the saga of the Tom and Barbara Good, trying to live a green, eco-friendly life in suburbia, and their neighbours, Margo and Jerry Leadbetter, constantly trying to maintain the Surbiton status quo? The Good Life ran on BBC television from 1975 to 1078.

Jeremy Sams’ comedy leads the well-loved characters through uproarious adventures, some old, some new and often (even today) hilariously familiar. This new play celebrates a time when, whatever our differences, we still managed to get on with our neighbours.