Blackadder II


1st – 3rd August 2024 at QEII School, Horsham


Horsham Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society (HAODS) is thrilled to present a live stage adaptation of “Blackadder II,” bringing to life the wit and humour of one of Britain’s most beloved television series. This special production will feature three of the most acclaimed episodes: “Bells,” “Head,” and “Chains,” each offering a unique glimpse into the scheming world of Edmund Blackadder in Elizabethan England.

In “Bells,” the audience is introduced to the cunning Blackadder who finds himself in a peculiar situation when he falls for his new manservant, “Bob.” This episode masterfully blends themes of mistaken identity and romantic confusion, delivering a comedy of errors that keeps the audience laughing from start to finish. Following that, “Head” takes a darker turn as Blackadder is appointed the Lord High Executioner. Tasked with managing a list of executions, Blackadder’s attempts to navigate his duties lead to a series of comedic mishaps and misunderstandings, highlighting the absurdities of the Elizabethan justice system.

The finale, “Chains,” is a thrilling conclusion where Blackadder and Melchett are kidnapped by a German prince and held for ransom. The episode is a brilliant mix of clever escape plans and witty banter, culminating in a daring and hilarious rescue attempt that is sure to leave the audience in stitches.

HAODS’s adaptation of “Blackadder II” promises to be an evening of laughter, as they bring these classic stories to life on stage. With a blend of historical satire, clever dialogue, and unforgettable characters, this production is a must-see for fans of the series and newcomers alike, offering a fresh and entertaining take on the adventures of one of television’s most cunning characters.