Maybe Dick: Smutty stage show based on Moby Dick is coming to Doncaster

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A saucy and smutty stage show based on classic novel Moby Dick is coming to Doncaster.

Entitled Maybe Dick, the show lampoons the 1851 novel by Herman Melville telling the story of a sailor’s quest for vengeance against a huge whale.

The show will be staged at Bawtry’s Phoenix Theatre on June 20.

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Promoter John Hewer of Hambledon Productions said: “It's part of a huge UK tour and will be a return to Bawtry after our classic comedy shows Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show and Steptoe and Son.

Maybe Dick, a smutty retelling of Moby Dick, is coming to Doncaster.Maybe Dick, a smutty retelling of Moby Dick, is coming to Doncaster.
Maybe Dick, a smutty retelling of Moby Dick, is coming to Doncaster.

The classic tale of revenge and retribution is retold in this inventive, comedic retelling on the high seas.

He said: “Nantucket, 1841. Ishmael signs on to the Pequod, and witnesses the perils of nature, obsession, punning and physical comedy, as Captain Ahab conducts a reckless pursuit of the savage white whale, Moby Dick.

“All plot will be lampooned. All jokes will be harpooned.”

After a sell-out tour of festivals and smaller venues in 2023, Maybe Dick, via an exciting co-production with New Bedford’s Whaling Museum in Massachusetts, USA, is embarking on a new nationwide theatre tour.

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The show brought together the creative team of Hambledon Productions’ pre-pandemic hit Dracula! One Bloody Fang After Another.

Added John: “The success of Dracula showed there was a strong audience for, how can I put it, “re-interpreting classic texts, with a British sense of humour”.

“We’ve assembled the same creative team, and the show is, I think, more ambitious, sillier, but just as impressive and fun.”

“Do you need to have read or seen Moby Dick?

“I do, you don’t!,” joked John.

“The story-telling comes second to joke-telling, even though we’ve managed to stay faithful to the book and the original characters.”

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“Audiences are crying out for pure entertainment; I think there’s an increasingly stronger wish to sporadically switch off from both the mundane and the gravity of current affairs and such, and

that it’s important that there are shows and comedic works that offer the chance to do that.”

Tickets for the show are available now and can be booked through the Phoenix Theatre website HERE

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