Farndale ladies in a Dickens of a dither on Tring stage

Pendley Theatre Company presents The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Drama Society's Production of A Christmas Carol
Pendley Theatre Company presents The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Drama Society's Production of A Christmas Carol
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The news that the Monty Python team are planning a reunion must have sent a shudder down the spine of whoever is responsible for looking after the good name of those blameless ladies who are members of Townswomen’s Guild branches up and down the country.

It was the Python crew who first held up the noble TG to ridicule, and their sketch showing a group of Sheffield matrons re-enacting the battle of Pearl Harbour in a muddy field is one of the troupe’s best known.

But they’re not the only ones – David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr should be standing beside them in the dock.

They’re the writers behind a series of 10 comedies based around a Townswomen’s Guild drama group’s over-ambitious productions, and one of them is coming to Tring next month.

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Drama Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol probably wins any competition for longest title staged at the Court Theatre, but it’s certainly not short on laughs as the ladies set about paying homage to the Dickens classic.

It’s a musical play within a play directed by Colin Bryer, who has updated the version he staged at The Court about 16 years ago.

He said: “All the cast play several parts and one thing is certain – you will never have seen a version quite like it.

“Our greatest hope is that everyone’s 2013 yuletide spirit will be glowing by the time they leave the theatre.”

The curtain goes up next Wednesday, December 4 and the show runs through until Saturday .

Tickets are priced from £7 to £12 and are available from the box office on 07543 560 478 or online at www.courttheatre.co.uk. You can also pick them up from Beechwood Fine Foods in 42 Frogmore Street (cash or cheque only).