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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 »






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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bo Beaumont / Mrs Overall (Not Bingo Nights)
... Bo Beaumont / Mrs Overall (On Bingo Nights)
... Miss Babs
Duncan Preston ... Mr Clifford
Sally Ann Triplett ... Miss Berta
... Donna / Bonnie
... John / Tony
... Steve / Hugh
Jenna Boyd ... Hatcheck Girl / Mimi
Lorraine Chappell ... Suzi / Papergirl / Young Mrs O / Evelyn
Daniele Coombe ... Sally / Miss Wellbelove / Debra
... Vic / Mr Watkins
Sidney Livingstone ... Ken / Mr Minchin
Jill Martin ... Lynn / Christine
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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The original production was directed by Trevor Nunn, and it was nominated for three Olivier Awards (the most prestigious West End stage awards): Best New Musical, Best Actress in a Musical, and Best Supporting Role in a Musical. Celia Imrie won the latter. 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 »


Miss Babs: You can't say "gypsy" anymore Mrs O, it's very politically incorrect!
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Featured in The South Bank Show: Victoria Wood (2007) See more »

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Absolutely fantastic - typical Victoria Wood expertise!
27 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

If you don't get regional British humour you won't get this - which is a tragedy because this is British theatre at its' best! The dialogue is wonderful, smooth and expertly delivered - as are all the songs and dances. Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Duncan Preston, Sally Ann Triplett and Josie Lawrence show what true professionalism is and whilst the story is somewhat different to the TV series and lacks some of the familiar items, the new mixture of the TV series and 'Vaudeville/Music Hall' is inspirational, extremely funny and well delivered. Even though I dislike Neil Morrisey's previous work, I have to say he delivered the obnoxious/slimy role very well - good casting, The rest of the cast is tip top too - just like 'Tip Top Tap'!! Well done Victoria Wood et al - more please!!

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