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Strong wants to sing every song

Count Arthur Strong: The Sound of Mucus is at the Reading Hexagon on Friday, March 31

Staff reporter

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Strong wants to sing every song

Using stories and other things that are secret, Count Arthur Strong pays tribute to one of the best musicals he can remember.

Audiences will recognise Count Arthur Strong from the BBC sitcom, written by Steve Delaney and Graham Linehan, with the third series due to air later this month.

Delaney portrays Count Arthur in the series, which focuses on the strong, eccentric, semi-retired music hall performer and Michael Baker, the bookish son of his former comedy partner.

The show, recorded at Pinewood Studios, is watched by millions and has been nominated for three British Comedy Awards.

However, Delaney has actually been playing the Count for more than three decades, as Count Arthur Strong was created by Delaney when he was a student at the Central School of Speech and Drama in the 1980s.

In 2004 the character stepped onto national radio, appearing on BBC Radio 2 as a regular guest on the Mark Radcliffe show, before featuring in his own BBC Radio 4 sitcom, Count Arthur Strong’s Radio Show.

During The Sound of Mucus, Count Arthur Strong will find him attempting to revive the classic Julie Andrews musical.

Arthur will recreate the salient and poignant moments of the film, plus some added surprises.

He will be joined on stage by Terry Kilkelly as Malcom de Tinsell and Dave Plimmer, who features in Count Arthur Strong on BBC1 as Allan Leslie.

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