Eastend Porridge at The Belgrade
Shaun Williamson as Norman Fletcher in Porridge (pic: Robert Workman)

EASTENDERS’ actor Shaun Williamson is to star in a stage version of the classic TV serial Porridge.

Williamson, known for his portrayal of Barry in the BBC soap, will play the lovable rogue Norman Stanley Fletcher at Coventry’s Belgrade theatre.

The new stage adaptation has been penned by original writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, whose distinguished writing careers also include TV sitcoms The Likely Lads and Auf Wiedersehen Pet.

The show is the work of Calibre Productions – a company which has adapted a number of TV serials for stage including Dad’s Army – The Lost Episodes and ‘Allo ‘Allo.

It comes 30 years on from the death of comic actor Richard Beckinsale (1947-1979) who starred in the original television series as Lennie Godber.

The premise of the show sees Fletcher as an old-hand at 'doing time', and we meet him serving a five-year stretch at HMP Slade for breaking and entering.

Fletcher expects to enjoy a single cell but he's forced to share with a first-time offender, a naïve young Brummie called Lennie Godber, whom he reluctantly takes under his wing as we follow the antics of these characters while they struggle with rigged boxing matches and the occasional attempted breakout.

Porridge runs at The Belgrade between September 7 and September 12.

Tickets cost between £11.74 and £23.49.

To book click here.

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