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Acorn Antiques: The Musical (2006)

The plot revolves around the original (fictional) actors reprising their roles from stage; however, contrary to their wishes, the experimental director adapts it into a gritty commentary on... See full summary »


Ben Warwick, Trevor Nunn


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Walters ... Bo Beaumont / Mrs Overall (Not Bingo Nights)
Victoria Wood ... Bo Beaumont / Mrs Overall (On Bingo Nights)
Celia Imrie ... Miss Babs
Duncan Preston Duncan Preston ... Mr Clifford
Sally Ann Triplett Sally Ann Triplett ... Miss Berta
Josie Lawrence ... Donna / Bonnie
Neil Morrissey ... John / Tony
Gareth Bryn ... Steve / Hugh
Jenna Boyd Jenna Boyd ... Hatcheck Girl / Mimi
Lorraine Chappell Lorraine Chappell ... Suzi / Papergirl / Young Mrs O / Evelyn
Daniele Coombe Daniele Coombe ... Sally / Miss Wellbelove / Debra
Paul Grunert ... Vic / Mr Watkins
Sidney Livingstone Sidney Livingstone ... Ken / Mr Minchin
Jill Martin Jill Martin ... Lynn / Christine
Carl Sanderson Carl Sanderson ... Brian / Mr Furlong


The plot revolves around the original (fictional) actors reprising their roles from stage; however, contrary to their wishes, the experimental director adapts it into a gritty commentary on British suburban life, despite the fact that the cast (led by Bo Beaumont (Julie Walters)) want to just have a fun piece with a good tap number. After a disastrous open dress rehearsal, the cast hijack the concept to return it to its original roots, and take it to the West End, funded by Bo Beaumont's lottery win. The second act is the musical within the musical, and is much more like the original series. Miss Babs (Celia Imrie) and Miss Berta (Sally Ann Triplett) run "Acorn Antiques", and are aided and amused by their friends and cleaner: Mrs Overall (Walters) and Mr Clifford (Duncan Preston). Soon, they discover a third sister, Bonnie (Josie Lawrence) who is initially scheming and devious (for instance, she fires Mrs Overall, even after finding out she's her mother). The plot unfolds, the sisters... Written by Watch_Movies

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Comedy | Drama | Musical







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13 March 2006 (UK) See more »

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A filmed version of the stage musical that ran for three sell-out months at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket (West End). All the actors (including Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Victoria Wood and Duncan Preston from the original cast, as well as West End veteran Sally Ann Triplett) sang and danced. See more »


The song "Tip Top Tap" is purported to come from the 1957 musical "Café Continental". However, it contains many modern references such as Shake 'n' Vac and the M11 motorway. See more »


Bo Beaumont: It was wartime! There was a rubber shortage. We tried painting condoms on with gravy browning, but they wasn't 100% effective.
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Referenced in Comedy Connections: Dinnerladies (2006) See more »

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I kept laughing out loud – even though I watched it on my own.
20 September 2006 | by williamsonkwrSee all my reviews

It is very rare for me to laugh out loud when I watch something on my own (which is a very different experience from watching a comic drama with others), and despite being very tired last night I laughed out loud a lot and thoroughly enjoyed the DVD.

Julie Walters sparkles as always both as the hunchbacked crone Mrs Overall and as the pretentious, self-absorbed actress Bo Beaumont. Celia Imrie and Duncan Preston, both also cast member from the original Acorn Antique TV sketches were also excellent.

Josie Lawrence was a welcome addition I have only seen her perform on the improvisational comedy game show "Whose Line is it Anyway" but continue to be impressed by her as I was by Neil Morrissey – both as the pompous John and the slimy Tony.

However it is Victoria Woods writing which has to be the star of the show. It is so full of wit and irony and self-effacing sarcasm.

A wonderful show which I thoroughly enjoyed – I only wish I had seen it on stage in the West End!

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