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13 April 2016

Dads Army vicar embarks on national tour

Dads Army vicar embarks on national tour

Frank Williams, the actor behind the vicar from legendary TV show Dads Army, is going on tour.

Now 85, the actor will share stories from his time on the classic show, as well as talk about his Christian faith.

More Tea Vicar? will tour the country before finishing its run in the West End.

Reflecting on the enduring popularity of the show, Frank said: "I think one of the reasons why it has lasted so long is that the characters that Jimmy Perry and David Croft created, such as Captain Mainwaring, Sergeant Wilson and Lance-Corporal Jones, were so brilliant. People just enjoy watching them."

As part of the show, Frank will screen some of his rarely seen backstage footage of the original cast theatre tour in 1976.

He said: "We were all the conspirators against Captain Mainwaring but not in real life as I got on well with Arthur Lowe. We had an idyllic time on location in Norfolk and also great fun together on the stage tour. Arthur even advised me on getting the right cine film camera to capture the original cast backstage."
 
The audience is invited to be part of the show, with questions welcomed about Dads Army, Frank's faith and time on the General Synod and his work with other legendary comedians Morecambe & Wise, Tommy Cooper, Harry Worth and The Two Ronnies.

Of his faith Frank said: "The three most important people in my childhood were my mother, my father and God. I know that God remains with me every day, and I couldn't have got through my life without Him."

More Tea Vicar? is presented by Christians in Entertainment founder and director, Chris Gidney. Chris said of the tour: "Everybody loves Dad's Army, even after forty years the series continues to pull huge viewing figures becoming one of the all-time classic `greats`.

"People of all ages also love the live show because it's very interactive. We often have young children in the audience who are bigger fans than their parents. Frank is a master at describing the most hilarious off-screen stories about the TV series and films. It's a nostalgic trip down TV`s memory lane at its very best!"

You can find out dates and information about booking tickets here.