Cissie and Ada will surely enjoy sea air

Cissie and Ada at The Devonshire Park Theatre, in Eastbourne, later in October
Cissie and Ada at The Devonshire Park Theatre, in Eastbourne, later in October

There will be pursed lips and heaving bosoms at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, later this month as the beloved Les Dawson and Roy Barraclough characters Cisse and Ada are recreated in an acclaimed theatre show.

With the original sketches by Terry Ravenscroft, the comic characters immortalised by Les and his long-suffering sidekick Roy return to the stage after 30 years.

Former Coronation Street actors Eric Potts (Diggory) and Steven Arnold (Ashley) revisit the story and culture behind the hilarious sketches.

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

The show ran for 11 series from 1969-1976 with the duo making Ian McKellen’s Ten Best Drag Acts in the Independent in 2006. The pair were last seen on the Grand Theatre Blackpool stage in 1983 as part of Laugh with Les.

Les Dawson died 20 years ago in June 1993 and an ITV tribute in May of this year, An Audience That Never Was, revived the comedian as a hologram and reached an astonishing eight million viewers proving that he remains an iconic British comic.

The cast features Eric Potts, widely known for his portrayal of eccentric baker Diggory Compton in Coronation Street.

A graduate of Bristol Old Vic, his other television credits include Emmerdale, Doctor Who, and Last of the Summer Wine.

Joining him is Steven Arnold another ‘Corrie’ favourite for his portrayal of Ashley, whose other television credits include Casualty and Common as Muck. With Steve Nallon (Margret Thatcher on Spitting Image) with Natasha Magigi (Casualty).

Cissie and Ada - An Hysterical Rectomy is at the Devonshire Park Theatre, from October 21-23 October, nightly performances at 7.45pm and Wednesday matinee at 2.30pm Tickets from £14.50 to £19 are available from the box office on 01323 412000 or book online and choose your seat at