Mel Brooks's comedy musical The Producers is being brought to life this week in the "most challenging" local production ever staged at Shrewsbury's Theatre Severn.
The show is about two producers who realise they can make more money with a flop than they can with a hit – so they set about staging Springtime for Hitler, convinced it will be a disaster.
Shrewsbury's Mad Cow Productions has been rehearsing The Producers for the past five months. The show has a cast of 40 and another 40 backstage.
Grant Wilson, technical manager at Theatre Severn, said: "We are very excited because this is the biggest, most challenging local production we've staged so far at Theatre Severn.
"It's great because this is the kind of show that we would have never been able to have put on at the old Music Hall.
"The set is extremely complicated but it's worth all the effort as it's going to be fantastic."
Alex Hinton, director of Mad Cow Productions, which she set up with Lisa Lowarch in 2004, said the show would be performed at the theatre at 7.30pm onThursday, Friday and Saturday. There will also be a matinee performance at 2.30pm on Saturday.
She said: "It's an extremely well-known show. It's a true spectacle and is very funny. It's irreverent and is very Mel Brooks. There isn't a single element of society that isn't lambasted.
"This is very ambitious for an amateur company."
Ticket prices range from £10 to £17 and to book call (01743) 281281.