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Why is René’s Café so full of Hitler lookalikes? What is a parrot salesman doing in war-torn France? And why does that gendarme have such a strange accent?

All of these questions and more will soon be answered when ‘Allo ‘Allo comes to Brighouse as part of the hugely popular 1940s Weekend which is only three weeks away.

Tickets are on sale now for the Friday and Saturday night dances (June 3 and 4) at the Assembly Rooms, the cinema showing of the new Dad’s Army film on Thursday (June 2), also at the Assembly Rooms and for the first time a new production of the play ‘Allo ‘Allo at the Civic Hall.

Veteran writer David Croft - of Dad’s Army fame - and all round Renaissance man Jeremy Lloyd joined forces to create the stage version of this celebrated television classic which starred Huddersfield actor Gordon Kaye, Vicky Michelle, Sue Hodge, Carmen Silvera, Kenneth Connor, Kim Hartman and Richard Gibson.

With all the same cheeky innuendo, slapstick comedy and farcical run-around as the original, the stage version offers some new characters as well as the old favorites (including the painting of ‘The Fallen Madonna with the… Large Talent’!).

This production comes courtesy of the ‘Brighouse Business initiative’ in conjunction with local songstress Natasha Harper and up-and-coming Theatre & Comedy Group ‘Foot of The Barrel’.

The Brighouse Civic Theatre will play host to three full-length performances of ‘Allo ‘Allo over the 1940s Weekend, including Friday June 3(7.30pm), Saturday June 4 (7.30pm) and a matinee performance on Saturday at 2.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £11 concessions £10, with children under 16 £5 at the matinee. These are available from Harrison Lord and Ryecorn Wholefoods or online at www.brighouse1940sweekend.co.uk Telephone 01484 711835 for more information.

lThreadfast 2016, Bradford’s celebration of independent art and music, is set to bring cult legends, world music luminaries and artists - as well as local talent - to the city.

The festival proper opens on Friday, May 27 when Polish-born, Glasgow-based vocalist and instrumentalist Ela Orleans heads an international, all-female bill at Fuse Art Space. She will be joined by Negra Branca, Joanne Armitage and Marlo Eggplant.

Other highlights include post-punk pioneers and John Peel favourites The Nightingales, fresh from their appearance at Stewart Lee’s All Tomorrow’s Parties festival and London new wave hip-funk trio Ravioli Me Away. Info from bradfordthreadfest.com