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...
Did You Know?
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
You can't say "gypsy" anymore Mrs O, it's very politically incorrect!