This Sunday, the 17th April 2016, the vicar from Dad's Army will be visiting Olney. It's An Audience With Frank Williams at The Carlton House Club at 38 High Street, Olney, MK46 4BE at 16.00 hours sharp, as Captain Mainwaring would say ...
Olney will be welcoming actor Frank Williams, the Dad's Army vicar, on Sunday 17th April.
Frank played the vicar all the way through the Dad's Army TV series from 1968 to 1977, and had a splendid time doing so.
"Of course, like all these British character actors there is far more to Frank than just Dad's Army."
Although Dad's Army certainly made Frank a recognised face for all time, he did also work with such light entertainment luminaries as Morecambe and Wise, The Two Ronnies, Tommy Cooper, Harry Worth and many more which he will tell us all about. More recently he played the role of the vicar again in the new Dad's Army film.
Frank is now 84 and other than Ian Lavender (Private Pike), the only surviving member of the original cast.
Frank took a fascinating film of backstage footage of Dad's Army when the TV series was being filmed and shares it with us, and then talks about his career and takes questions and answers of course. He is always pleased to chat afterwards as he's a delightful man as you can image.
If you'd like to come along and share this blast of nostalgia, then click here to send me an email, or phone me on 01234 241357 and I'll reserve tickets for you. Tickets are £12.50.
As I said, it's at 16.00 hours on Sunday, so you can have Sunday lunch first and then trip on down to The Carlton House Club. Or you could have lunch at The Carlton House Club as they do a splendid roast but do give them a ring on 01234 711348 as they do get booked up for lunch.
Can you think of a better way to spend a Sunday? Come along, it'll be great fun.
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.
Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.
He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.
He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.
He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.
David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.
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