Cissie and Ada back on stage

A new comedy play featuring two of Les Dawson’s best loved characters - the two Northern battleaxe housewives Cissie and Ada - is taking to the stage in Mansfield this month.

Presented by Broadway Theatre and Cutting The Strings, the play is called Cissie and Ada: An Hysterical Rectomy and is on at the Palace Theatre on Thursday 26th September.

Cissie and Ada are the immortal comic characters created by the late, great Les Dawson, aided and abetted by Roy Barraclough, and they will grace the Theatre’s stage for the first time in this hilarious new play.

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Written by playwright Graham Warrener in collaboration with original Cissie and Ada scriptwriter Terry Ravenscroft, Cissie and Ada revisits the story and the culture behind the side-splitting sketches.

Two former Coronation Street favourites Eric Potts (Diggory) and Steven Arnold (Ashley) play the title roles. They will be joined by Steve Nallon (famous for his Mrs Thatcher impersonation live and on satirical TV show Spitting Image) and actress Natasha Magigi.

The director is John Jackson Almond.

Cissie and Ada first appeared on TV in the British comedy sketch show Sez Les, where it became a regular sketch.

The characters came about by Les and Roy improvising two northern women whilst waiting around during their TV rehearsals.

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The show ran for eleven series from 1969-1976 and the pair were last seen on the Grand Theatre Blackpool stage in 1983 as part of Laugh with Les.

Their unique style is being brought back to life after Cutting the Strings secured the rights to the original sketches written by comedy writer Terry Ravenscroft, which have been unperformed for thirty years.

Cissie and Ada: An Hysterical Rectomy is on at Mansfield Palace Theatre on 26th September at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £16.40 full price or £14.35 for concessions. Tickets are available by calling the theatre’s box office on Mansfield 633133 or via the website at

Early booking is advised.

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