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Blackadder lll

Blackadder lll

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  • Thu 8 Jul, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
  • Fri 9 Jul, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
  • Sat 10 Jul, 2:30pm – 5:00pm
  • Sat 10 Jul, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
  • Sun 11 Jul, 2:30pm – 5:00pm
  • Tue 13 Jul, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
  • Wed 14 Jul, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
  • Thu 15 Jul, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
  • Fri 16 Jul, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
  • Sat 17 Jul, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
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Unity Theatre, 209 Ormond Rd, Gisborne


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $27.12

Blackadder lll - by Ben Elton and Richard Curtis.

A community theatre production of the script originally written for the BBC, directed by Dave Hall.

Unity Theatre are delighted to present a stage production of Blackadder lll, after their hugely successful Blackadder ll a few years ago.

There will be door sales, subject to availability. Doors open 7pm (2.00 pm for matinees).
Arrival in good time is recommended, as late admittance is not always possible in our theatre.

Ticket price $25 + Booking fees.

Four episodes from the BBC series : Ink & Incapability, Sense & Senility, Amy & Amiability, Nob & Nobility.

Blackadder the Third is the third series of the BBC sitcom Blackadder, written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, which aired from 17 September to 22 October 1987. The series is set during the Georgian Era, and sees the principal character, Mr. E. Blackadder, serve as butler to the Prince Regent and have to contend with, or cash in on, the fads of the age embraced by his master.

The third series reduced the number of principal characters again compared with the previous series, but instead included a number of significant cameo roles by well-known comic actors.

Blackadder the Third is set in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, a period known as the Regency. For much of this time, King George III was incapacitated due to poor mental health, and his son George, the Prince of Wales, acted as regent. During this period, he was known as "the Prince Regent". Although the Regency was in place between 1811 and 1820, the historical events and persons depicted and referenced appear to date the series before this time; anywhere in the period of the Age of Enlightenment between 1755 (the publication of Samuel Johnson's Dictionary) and 1805 (just before the Battle of Trafalgar).

In the series, E. Blackadder Esquire is the head butler to the Prince of Wales, a spoiled, foppish idiot. Despite Edmund's respected intelligence and abilities, he has no personal fortune to speak of. On the other hand, given the ease with which he is able to manipulate the Prince, he is generally financially comfortable. According to Edmund he has been serving the Prince Regent all of his life, ever since the Prince was breastfed (when he had to show the Prince which part of his mother was "serving the drinks").

Baldrick remains similar to his Blackadder II predecessor, and although his "cunning plans" cease to be even remotely intelligent (except in the last episode), he is the most aware of political, religious and social events. As Blackadder himself is now a servant, Baldrick is labelled as Blackadder's "dogsbody". In this series, Baldrick often displays a more belligerent attitude towards his master, even referring to him once as a "lazy, big-nosed, rubber-faced bastard". Blackadder often affectionately calls him "Balders" (and Baldrick sometimes calls Blackadder "Mr. B.")

There are three main sets: the Prince's quarters, which are opulently decorated, the below-stairs kitchen hangout of Blackadder and Baldrick, which is dark and squalid (though, in fairness, very large and with a very high ceiling), and finally Mrs. Miggins' coffeehouse.

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