WITH its classic lines, unforgettable moments and equally memorable characters, from a shrill and spoilt Queen Elizabeth to the gloriously dim man servant Baldrick, this for me, was the best of Blackadder's many TV outings.
In his programme notes, director Ross Douglas says bringing the much loved sitcom to the stage has been a challenge and it's a challenge both he and a highly engaging cast have risen to and conquered in spectacular fashion.
The company give you a flavour of the originals without making the foolish mistake of trying to impersonate them. David Moreton looks and sounds right at home in Edmund Blackadder's breeches, bringing a hint of Rowan Atkinson's clipped delivery and never missing an opportunity to verbally and physically chastise his clueless servant, Baldrick. What a great comedy vehicle this is for Stuart Sephton, for me one of SAMT's best comedy performers who delivers yet again.
We get four episodes of the sitcom here, including the one in which Blackadder inadvertently falls for his man servant. Angela Kate Cooke is particularly impressive as Kate/Bob, displaying a flawless comic timing that can only be admired.
It probably helps if you are a fan of the TV series but this production is sure to win over new fans and Jenny Hollibshead is a scream as Queen Elizabeth I, gobbling up compliments from Lord Melchett, played by an impressive Paul Rendel.
I think SAMT has another big hit on its hands, the script in particular is first class. Enjoy - I loved every minute.
* At Altrincham Little Theatre until April 7. The box office is on 0161 928 1113. Star rating - ****