Me & My Girl on stage at Long Eaton

the cast of M&MGGet out your whistle and flute and go and take a butcher’s hook at the musical Me and My Girl at Long Eaton this month.

The town’s operatic society is staging the text-book definition of the perfect pick-me-up at the May Hall Trent College from April 16-20.

The Sun Has Got His Hat On is just one of more than a dozen hummable reasons why this 1937 comedy has shown staying power.

With book and lyrics by Douglas Furber and L. Arthur Rose, music by Noel Gay, and new gags provided by Stephen Fry in 1984 it is no wonder operatic groups have been falling over themselves to get their hands on it since it was made available for amateur performances.

It tells the rags-to riches story of Bill Snibson, the cockney chance who strikes it rich landing the title of long-lost Earl of Hareford but appears to be losing his Lambeth girl Sally.

Of course he gets her back again while charming his initially aghast new posh relatives who eventually accept him as lord of the manor.

There will be singing and dancing and the audience will be taken on an energy-filled journey of joy and laughter. Other well-known musical numbers include Lambeth Walk, Leaning on A Lamp Post and of course Me and My Girl.

The show will be performed at 7.30pm each evening with a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday. Tickets cost £12, £10 and £8 and are available from Heaps The Stationers, or from the box office on 01332 874352 or 07753 353417. For more information go to longeatonoperatic.co.uk