Monday, 2 March 2015

Springtime for Nigel in Margate

Dancers outside the
UKIP spring conference.
Written By: Mark Armstrong

Provided By: Liverpool Empire Theatre

  • UKIP Spring Party Conference upstaged by a theatrical stunt for new stage production of Mel Brooks’ The Producers
  • Arrival of German World War style tank and ‘dancing Nazis’ astonish UKIP officials in Margate
  • Jason Manford, Louie Spence, Phill Jupitus and Ross Noble to star in new touring production across the UK

Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP, was upstaged at the party's spring conference this past Friday as dancing Nazis and a 16-tonne World War II tank crashed the event.

Performers from the Mel Brooks’ musical ‘The Producers’ made sure that the attention was on them as they high-kicked to the famous number ‘Springtime For Hitler’.

The dancers in Gestapo-style hot pants, Jackboots and insignia astonished delegates unveiling the party's General Election campaign manifesto in Margate, Kent.

The cast were in town to promote the new touring production of the acclaimed musical comedy ‘The Producers’.

Members of the anti-European Union party were left open mouthed as the song ‘Springtime For Hitler’ blared from a P.A system on the German World War II’s tank turret.

Dancers performed a choreographed goose-stepping routine in front of the Winter Gardens as the party attempted to greet the media ahead of the three-day conference.

The new stage show version of the hit musical stars Ross Noble, Jason Manford, Phill Jupitus and Louie Spence. It opens in Bromley on March 7 before touring the UK.

Adam Spiegel, producer of 'The Producers', commented: "We open the UK tour of The Producers in Bromley, and Margate seemed a perfect place to start the promotion. I’m disappointed but not entirely surprised to see that UKIP are trying to hitch a publicity ride on the back of the show."

The Producers begins in the Churchill Theatre in Bromley on Saturday March 7. For ticket information, click here.

You can learn more about The Producers by clicking here.

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