Dick Barton, special agent, tackles the baddies at Coulsdon Manor Hotel

By Kevin Black in Entertainment

When Dick Barton, Boy’s Own adventurer, all-English hero and teatime wireless star, is asked by MI5 to track down a wealthy socialite missing off the Horn of Africa, little does he know the can of worms he’s opening.

Before you can say ‘crikey Skipper’, our hero is mixed up in a fiendish foreign plot to seize control of our upright and principled British armaments industry. Good heavens!

With loyal working class chums, Jock and Snowy by his side, Barton takes on nefarious criminal syndicate, the X Faction; a burlesque brace of femmes fatale; and rival national treasure, Squadron Leader James ‘Biggles’ Bigglesworth of the Special Air Police.

Will Barton, side-parting and moral certainty to the fore, win the day through British pluck and determination? Will he rescue beautiful heiress, Felicity Buff-Orpington, from the steamy seraglio of Zanzibar? And if he does, will the pure undistilled manliness of the Barton ideal wilt in the face of her manifold charms? Or will assorted foreign Johnnies consign Barton to an improbable cliffhanger ending from which there can be no possible escape?! There’s only one way to find out:

In an open air woodland setting at Coulsdon Manor Hotel, Old Coulsdon, Theatre Workshop Coulsdon is presenting Dick Barton: The Slaves Of The Sultan from Wednesday 26th July to Saturday 30 July and again from Tuesday 1st to Saturday 5th August. All performances start at 7.45pm. Tickets are £10 (£7 for children, students and senior citizens) and can be booked online via www.twcoulsdon.org.uk or by calling the box office on 07709 266728.

A barbecue and outdoors bar will be available from 7pm on performance nights. Go to http://www.twcoulsdon.org.uk for more information.

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