ONE of Britain’s best-loved TV comedies, Rising Damp, has been turned into a stage production and will start in Chelmsford tomorrow and continue over the weekend.

An un-named northern university town is home to Rupert Rigsby, landlord of arguably the seediest, most run-down boarding house that England has to offer.

His unlucky tenants include Ruth Jones, an administrator at the university, Alan, a medical student and Philip, who is studying town and country planning.

Between them, Alan and Philip are the focus and foil of the majority of Rigsby’s many prejudices, usually at the expense of his dignity in the eyes of Miss Jones, with whom he is hopelessly in love.

The show, at the Civic Theatre, has been brought to life on stage by the Comedy Theatre Company, who have previously produced TV shows Birds of a Feather and Dinnerladies for the stage.

Shows tonight, tomorrow and Saturday start at 7.45pm. There is also a matinee performance on Saturday at 2.30pm.

Tickets start at £15.50, and are available at