Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival – Vicar of Dibley

What a lovely show this is! I have been a fan of the Vicar of Dibley for many years and so I was really looking forward to seeing how the stage play, directed by Richard Nichols, would work. It twinkled like the lights on Alice’s wedding dress! This is a feel-good show delivered with a lot of heart by some very capable actors.

As always, the backdrop of Cardiff’s stunning Sophia Gardens was breathtaking and the cleverly designed set was believable as the Church Hall, the vicarage and eventually the church. The cast did an admirable job and there was a perfect balance of comedy and sentiment. There were belly laughs and sighs and it was as easy to watch as the TV adaption. The action was well paced and the audience clearly loved it.

The lovely Fiona Porter-Smith was simply gorgeous as Rev Geraldine Granger and I especially liked her interaction with David Horton who was expertly portrayed by Neil Davies. He was the safe pair of hands that held the whole thing together. It was fitting that he and Fiona shared the final scene as the full moon peeped above the trees. Very atmospheric. I have to admit that I found the character of Alice Tinker a bit irritating in the TV series but Sophie Lewis has changed all that. I loved the way she handled the character on the stage.

The star of the show for me was Owen Newitt played by Stephen Lurvey. He was wonderfully funny from the first scene but absolutely stole the show when he donned his white suit and became the wedding videographer.  Brilliant stuff.

This is a cracking night out and just the best way to spend a summer evening in Cardiff. The show is on until 15th July and is followed by Aladdin (Jnr), and Macbeth. You can book tickets here.


We received free tickets in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

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  1 comment for “Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival – Vicar of Dibley

  1. July 7, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    I love the vicar of Dibley ,but didn’t think it could work without Dawn French, obviously I am mistaken

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