New comedy based on hit BBC TV series set for Letchworth premiere

A stage adaptation of BBC hit sitcom Waiting for God will premiere at Letchworth’s Broadway Theatre on 20-22 April as part of its 12-week UK tour.

The show, starring Jeffery Holland and Olivier award-winner Nichola McAuliffe, revives the story of the original TV sitcom, which ran for five series in the 1990s and proved hugely popular with audiences following the adventures of the residents at Bayview Retirement Home.

Sue Scott Davison, Creative Programmer at the Broadway said: “We’re delighted to be able to bring the first show of Waiting for God to Letchworth and think the audience will love it as well.

“The performance is produced by James Seabright, who has already brought excellent shows to the Broadway in the Sorcerer’s Apprentice and William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play, so we’re confident this show will be a success and another excellent evening of live theatre.”

All the favourite characters from the original series are reimagined for 2017, facing the challenges that come with growing old disgracefully in the era of the silver surfer. At Bayview Retirement Home, battle-axe extraordinaire Diana Trent conspires with new resident Tom Ballard to give the conniving manager his comeuppance with unexpectedly heart-warming results.

Jeffery Holland, stepping in for Roy Hudd due to ill health, is best known for his breakthrough role as Spike in Hi-de-Hi! He went on to create the stuffy footman James Twelvetrees in the popular Croft and Perry sitcom You Rang, M’Lord? and the starchy station master Cecil Parkin in Oh, Dr Beeching!

Actor, writer and novelist Nichola McAuliffe is well known for her role as Sheila Sabatini in the ITV sitcom Surgical Spirit, which ran for six years. She is also the star of numerous stage shows and won the 1988 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role in Kiss Me, Kate.

Tickets for the show are priced at £28 for adults and £25 for concessions and are available to purchase from

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