Maldon Drama Group are set to take on Britain’s favourite comedy following their huge award success.

It is the latest venture by the group whose members won prestigious awards at the North Essex Theatre Guild Awards last month.

The group have said a huge congratulations to Simon Cooke, Sandra Cooke and Michelle Fisher for their well-deserved Lyndon Trophy for Technical Achievement for both “1984” directed by Paul Warner, and “The 39 Steps” directed by Helen Rasmussen.

Now the group look forward to new challenges as they master one of the UK's favourite comedies, The Vicar of Dibley.

A spokesperson for the group said: “Our next production promises to be a great night out for everyone, including us!

“The script for this version of The Vicar of Dibley is a wonderful amalgamation of some of the best episodes.”

Geraldine Granger, played by Helen Rasmussen, has to win over the eccentric parish council, headed by David Horton (Simon Ash), minuted by the pedantic Frank Pickle (Scott Peters) and disrupted by Owen Newitt (Chris Pond), Mrs Cropley (Karen Smith) and last but by no means least Jim Trott (David Ford).

The parish has its work cut out when a church window is broken in the storm, and love is in the air for Alice (Heather Lucas) and Hugo (Dan Roberts).

The group added: “Rehearsals have been underway for several weeks now and the cast still have trouble keeping a straight face.”

The show will be held at 7.45 on October 17, 18 and 19 at Maldon Town Hall with doors opening at seven and a licensed bar available.

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