Dick Barton prepares for an adventure

The theme tune probably rings more bells than any of the characters, but in its day Dick Barton was the biggest thing in broadcasting.

The radio detective’s adventures regularly attracted audiences of more than 20 million fans – but that was back in the 1950s, before it got shouldered aside for the everyday story of farming folk that we know as The Archers.

Hemel Hempstead Theatre Company production of Dick Barton, June 2013

Hemel Hempstead Theatre Company production of Dick Barton, June 2013

But Dick is not dead – he’s coming back to life at the Boxmoor Playhouse later this month. This musical production from the Hemel Hempstead theatre company is a tongue in cheek spoof featuring all the original characters. Curtain up for a five night run is Tuesday, June 18 – more at www.boxmoorplayhouse.co.uk