Criccieth’s Starlight Players Bring “The Vicar of Dibley” to the stage this Summer

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Karen Dolan-Smith as Geraldine Granger, Vicar of Dibley - Photo by Terry Mills.

This Summer, the Starlight Players bring a much-loved TV comedy to the stage of the Memorial Hall in Criccieth.

The company’s production of The Vicar of Dibley opens on Tuesday, July 14, and performances will take place every Tuesday night until September 1.

The stage production of The Vicar of Dibley is based on the original sitcom created by Richard Curtis, inspired by the 1992 changes in the Church of England which meant women could be ordained.

The sleepy village of Dibley is turned upside-down when a female vicar is appointed. What’s more, Reverend Geraldine turns out to be a larger than life personality, who is not content to limit her impact on village life to her Sunday sermon.

Producer Dan May is pleased the way the show has progressed over the last few months, he said “The cast have done a fantastic job in bringing the characters to life, I knew this play would be a winner from the script reading back in April to the latest rehearsal I’m still laughing.”

Audiences will be rolling in the aisles in this comedy which brings village life on to the stage. Generously all the royalties for this Vicar of Dibley production have been donated to Comic Relief.

The Criccieth Starlight Players were formed in 1974 by a group of local people interested in amateur theatre who wished to “give something back” to the community. The Society started life as a pantomime group with its first production of Cinderella being staged in 1975. A summer play “Friends and Neighbours” was staged in 1979 and this format continued until 1996 when more music based variety shows were introduced as the main summer performance.

In 2001, the Society took the step of staging three productions in a calendar year – a play in May/June – a show in the summer and a winter pantomime. In 2003 a dedicated junior section was started (SPYDRS) who meet every Saturday morning and is proving very popular with our local young performers.

Eric Maggs, Olwen Jones, Paul Dunn, Ed Farrow, Kevan Lone, Karen Dolan-Smith, Dan Evans as the Dibley Parish Council . Photo by Terry Mills.
Eric Maggs, Olwen Jones, Paul Dunn, Ed Farrow, Kevan Loney, Karen Dolan-Smith, Dan Evans as the Dibley Parish Council . Photo by Terry Mills.

will be performed in Criccieth Memorial Hall on Tuesdays from July 14 till September 1. Doors open at 7pm with performances starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £8 adult / £7 children, and are available on the door or in advance from Second Times, High Street, Criccieth.