Black Adder

May 2018

Act 1 – Bells
Act 2 – Beer
Act 3 – Chains

This May, The St. Neots Players are bringing three episodes of the hugely popular BBC TV series Blackadder to The Priory Centre stage.

If you saw The St. Neots Players previous stage adaptations of the popular television sitcoms Dad’s Army and The Vicar of Dibley you will know that our local theatre group are very good indeed at bringing the small screen to the big stage and Blackadder promises to be no exception.

The show, originally starring Rowan Atkinson, is made up with three episodes, Bells, Beers and Chains, from series two, set in the Elizabethan era. The script is from the original television series written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton.

Richard Curtis, who owns the amateur rights to the show, allows any group to perform any episodes they wish, with the licence fee normally payable to the rights holder being paid directly to Comic Relief.

Director, Ian Francis said, “As a huge fan of all four Blackadder series myself, I’m very excited to be directing The St. Neots Players adaptation. You know it’s going to be a funny show when all the cast are still laughing at the gags even after hearing them for the umpteenth time – we’ve even had to adapt a scene or two to have the actors not look at each other otherwise they just could not keep a straight face!”

Performances are at 7:30pm Thursday 17th and Friday 18th May 2018 and two performances at 2:30pm and 7:30pm on Saturday 19th May 2018.


Edmund Blackadder

Geoff Unwin


Simon Ockenden

Lord Percy

Ian Worsfold


Stephanie Pittam

Lord Melchett

Richard Fitt


Sylvie Townsend


Jenny Coates

Kate's father/Lord Whiteadder/Guard

Jon Hewitt

Dr Leech/Freddie Frobisher/Ludwig the Indestructible

Keith Popely

Lord Flashheart/Sir Geoffrey Piddle/Guard

Brett Nunn

Simon Partridge/The Torturer

Tom Kirkbride

Lady Whiteadder

Louisa Hewitt

The Wisewoman

Lynda Collins

The Young Crone

Jenny Luckett



Ian Francis

Assistant Director

Isobella Coleman

Stage Manager

Paul Robbins

Lighting & Sound

Dave & Kate Maltby

Backstage Crew

Friends of St Neots Players


Courtesy of Aladdin's Cave and Spotlight

Make Up & Hair

Marina Coleman-Rivers


Glenys Shaw, Richard Fitt, Paul Riddy

Promotional Artwork & Programme


Photography & TimPowersDesign

Front of House Manager

Linda Riddy

Front of House Team

Members of St Neots Players & VAMPS

Box Office

Richard Fitt, Tom Monkhouse & The Priory Centre


Congratulations all Players and behind the scenes for the most fab performance – proper belly laughed – you were all brilliant – loved it thank you for a top night
Jackie Fitzpatrick


Thoroughly enjoyed the show last night. Strong performances from all. Well delivered ensuring a fun night for all the audience. Well done all.
Caroline Aldridge