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Acorn Antiques: The Musical (2006)

The plot revolves around the original (fictional) actors and actresses reprising their roles from the stage. However, contrary to their wishes, the experimental director adapts it into a ... See full summary »


Ben Warwick, Trevor Nunn


Victoria Wood


Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Walters ... Bo Beaumont / Mrs Overall (Not Bingo Nights)
Victoria Wood ... Bo Beaumont / Mrs Overall (On Bingo Nights)
Celia Imrie ... Miss Babs
Duncan Preston ... Mr Clifford
Sally Ann Triplett ... Miss Berta
Josie Lawrence ... Donna / Bonnie
Neil Morrissey ... John / Tony
Gareth Bryn ... Steve / Hugh
Jenna Boyd Jenna Boyd ... Hatcheck Girl / Mimi
Lorraine Chappell Lorraine Chappell ... Suzi / Papergirl / Young Mrs O / Evelyn
Daniele Coombe Daniele Coombe ... Sally / Miss Wellbelove / Debra
Paul Grunert ... Vic / Mr Watkins
Sidney Livingstone Sidney Livingstone ... Ken / Mr Minchin
Jill Martin Jill Martin ... Lynn / Christine
Carl Sanderson Carl Sanderson ... Brian / Mr Furlong
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The plot revolves around the original (fictional) actors and actresses reprising their roles from the stage. However, contrary to their wishes, the experimental director adapts it into a gritty commentary on British suburban life, despite the fact that the cast (led by Bo Beaumont (Dame Julie Walters)) wants to just have a fun piece with a good tap number. After a disastrous open dress rehearsal, the cast hijacks the concept to return it to its original roots, and take it to the West End, funded by Bo Beaumont's lottery win. The second act is the musical within the musical, and is much more like the original series. Miss Babs (Celia Imrie) and Miss Berta (Sally Ann Triplett) run "Acorn Antiques", and are aided and amused by their friends and cleaner: Mrs. Overall (Walters) and Mr. Clifford (Duncan Preston). Soon, they discover a third sister, Bonnie (Josie Lawrence) who is initially scheming and devious (for instance, she fires Mrs. Overall, even after finding out she's her mother). ... Written by Watch_Movies

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A filmed version of the stage musical that ran for three sell-out months at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket (West End). All of the actors and actresses (including Dame Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Victoria Wood, and Duncan Preston from the original cast, as well as West End veteran Sally Ann Triplett, sang and danced. See more »


The song "Tip Top Tap" is purported to come from the 1957 musical "Café Continental". However, it contains many modern references such as Shake 'n' Vac and the M11 motorway. See more »


Donna: You never mind Noel. That shirt-lifter.
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Watch with a macaroon in hand
27 July 2016 | by studioATSee all my reviews

Acorn Antiques became an iconic part of British comedy history when it debuted as part of Victoria Wood's 'As seen on TV' show.

This musical version came along in 2006, and was a lukewarm critical hit, but again was loved by the public. And really that was who Victoria Wood wrote for.

I didn't like the first half. I thought it was all a bit self-indulgent and wasn't the Acorn Antiques show we hoped to see.

The second half was much better, and much more in the style of the original sketches.

Your enjoyment of this musical will really depend on whether you can sit through the first half.

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