Sealed with a Loving Kiss to be performed at Alfreton Wesley Church next week

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Matrimonial mayhem is in store for a struggling playwright in a new comedy being staged in Alfreton.

The writer’s ex-girlfriend turns up with marriage in mind – just as he’s about to wed his second wife.

Suspicious in-laws, a bungling bank robber, a bogus priest and a host of would-be brides only add to the confusion in ‘Sealed With a Loving Kiss’ which is being presented at Alfreton Wesley Church in Ellesmere Avenue.

The comedy is the latest offering from the church’s drama group, which has been staging plays for well over 20 years and now puts on three productions a year.

The play has its premiere at 7pm on 19th and 20th July at the church in Ellesmere Avenue.

Admission is free and there will be a charity collection. Refreshments will be served after each performance.

A three-act comedy with a cast of 11, ‘Sealed With a Loving Kiss’ is set in the home of actress Jenny Stafford, whose forthcoming wedding plans are shattered by a letter from the past.

Husband-to-be Peter faces a hair-raising scenario as the letter arrives – followed by his over-zealous schoolgirl sweetheart.

Producer David Hopkinson said: “There are plenty of laughs as complications multiply and the would-be bridegroom struggles to hide his problems from his fiancée.

“Our cast have had lots of fun rehearsing the show and we are sure that it will prove another winner with our audiences.

“We are very grateful to our supporters who ensure full houses for all our performances.”

The drama group was formed in 1991 when a party of churchgoers returned from the world-famous Passion play in Oberammergau in Germany and decided to stage part of the English translation as an Easter event.

“That was just a one-night production, but as time went on we had to increase performances to cope with the number attending,” said David.

“Now we stage plays at Christmas, Easter and in the summer – so that half the year is spent in rehearsals. I really appreciate the loyalty shown by our cast members.”

For more details call David on (01773) 833627.