COMEDY writer and actress Victoria Wood has given the world of her TV creation Acorn Antiques a new lease of life by turning it into a musical.
Staging their own version of the hit show is Exeter Little Theatre Company with its cast, orchestra and production team of more than 40 members.
It is being performed at the city's Barnfield Theatre from Monday, September 9, to Saturday, September 14.
Acorn Antiques was first seen on BBC television 21 years ago, and has been a firm favourite with the nation ever since.
It opened as a musical in 2005 at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, and featured all the original cast of the TV show.
In 2006, Victoria rewrote and directed a touring version of Acorn Antiques. Audiences are still enjoying performances of the show today, staged by different theatre companies.
The musical follows Miss Babs' struggle to keep her antiques business open, as shop after shop in the High Street is forced out by faceless chains.
Can she afford to turn down the offer from The Guilty Bean if they do update the shop, and can they still afford to employ Mrs Overall?
Will Mr Clifford ever get his memory back, and remember who he's engaged to? But most worryingly, will Mrs Overall be able to tap dance while holding the tray?
Victoria Wood said: "I'm so happy that Acorn Antiques the Musical is getting another outing. I hope you all enjoy this simple tale of corporate greed, amnesia and macaroons."
Rehearsals for the show began in June, and it will be the company's fourth musical, the last being Oliver! in 2011.
Director Martin Kingston said: "I'm new to the company, but have previously directed for Exeter Musical Society on shows such as Jesus Christ Superstar at Exeter Northcott Theatre. I also directed for Sidmouth Musical Comedy Society. It was with them I did Acorn Antiques at the Manor Pavilion about 18 months ago. I remember the theatre manager saying he had never heard laughter like it from the audience before so it was very successful.
"That's how I got to be involved with Exeter Little Theatre Company. We've got a very strong cast of 20 who each play two different characters so everyone gets to say or sing something on their own.
"It's a very funny and colourful show, as you would expect from Victoria Wood, and also a little bit saucy in places, but it's more seaside postcard humour rather than anything nasty so it's all good fun.
"The story is based on the original Crossroads television soap opera which some people will remember. It was quite famous for the fact it went out live and had flimsy sets and the actors sometimes missed their cues.
"Victoria wrote a series of sketches based on a shop called Acorn Antiques and the idea of Crossroads where things went wrong. She created some distinct characters and the series gained quite a cult following so it was turned into a musical with the same characters.
"But as well as being a take-off of Crossroads, it also sends up different musical styles.
"It's very, very funny and the songs in it are original and very catchy. I can guarantee it will be an enjoyable evening for everyone."
Performances will take place at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets cost £14 adults, £12 children aged 16 and under. Call 01392 270891 or visit www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk