Take three older girls for return of a sitcom

Lesley Joseph, Linda Robson and pauline Quirke revive their Birds of Feather TV sitcom roles for the stage.
Lesley Joseph, Linda Robson and pauline Quirke revive their Birds of Feather TV sitcom roles for the stage.
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One of BBC television’s most popular and fondly-remembered sitcoms comes to Blackpool Grand Theatre from Tuesday with all three of its original leading cast members – Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph.

Birds of a Feather ran on the BBC for nearly 10 years throughout the 1990s becoming a massive hit right from the word go and remains not only a classic comedy but also, as a female-centred long-running series, a truly rare gem.

Now the three stars of the TV series are reunited on stage to recreate their adored characters, sisters Sharon Theodopolopoudos and Tracy Stubbs and their sex-mad neighbour, Dorien Green, in a brand-new show created especially for the theatre by The Comedy Theatre Company, producers of the highly successful tour of Victoria Wood’s dinnerladies and Keeping Up Appearances.

Pauline Quirke could, until recently, be seen as Emmerdale’s Hazel Rhodes. She is also known for her portrayal of Olive Martin in the award-winning drama The Sculptress, Down to Earth, Cold Blood and Missing. In 2008 Pauline launched The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts, to celebrate her 40 years in the business. She now has over 30 academies across the country.

Both Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph have performed in theatres across the UK in The Vagina Monologues. A regular guest panellist on ITV’s Loose Women, Linda has also appeared on stage in Grumpy Old Women Live and Lesley’s theatre credits include Calendar Girls, Hot Flush, Humble Boy and Annie. She took part in, and won, Channel 4’s Celebrity Come Dine With Me in October 2011 and presented a BBC Radio London show alongside Christoper Biggins.

Join ‘the birds’ from Tuesday to Saturday 28th April. Tickets from £16.50.

Book your seats now by calling the Grand Theatre Box Office on (01253) 743339, online at www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk or at the Grand Theatre information sales point in the Houndshill Shopping Centre.