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John Cooper Studio Theatre, 41 Monkgate, York

Peter Nichols’ award-winning ‘play with songs’ Privates on Parade follows the outrageous antics of a song and dance unit staging concert parties to entertain British troops in South-East Asia.


It charts the journey of naive Private Steve Flowers and what happens when he’s posted to the SADUSEA entertainment unit, led by the flamboyant Captain Terri Dennis.


Rory Mulvihill – Sergeant Wilson in Pick Me Up's 50th anniversary production of Dad's Army, Old Deuteronomy in Cats, and Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady – takes on the role of cross-dressing Captain Dennis.

The play, premiered in 1977 by the Royal Shakespeare Company, is  based on Nichols’ own experience of National Service with Kenneth Williams and Stanley Baxter, as part of an entertainment  troupe in Singapore after the Second World War.


It’s a hilarious and at times poignant show with period pastiche songs by Denis King featuring wartime favourites Carmen Miranda, Noel Coward, Marlene Dietrich and Flanagan and Allen.

Warning: Choice language and a smattering of flesh ...

8-16 March 2019

Book and lyrics  by

Peter Nichols

Music by

Denis King

Directed by

Robert Readman

Musical Director

Sam Johnson


Captain Terri Dennis

Rory Mulvihill

Sylvia Morgan

Rachel Dennison

Lance Corporal Charles Bishop

Adam Sowter

Sergeant Major Reg Drummond

Paul Joe Osborne

Corporal Len Bonny

Andrew Isherwood

Leading Aircraftman Eric Young-Love

Iain Harvey

Flight Sergeant Kevin Cartwright

Andrew Roberts

Private Steven Flowers

James Potter

Major Giles Flack

Andrew Caley


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