PICK Me Up staff dressed as factory or landgirls, Union flag bunting all around the John Cooper Studio, a Pike scarf to win in the raffle and nostalgic songs wafting down from the mezzanine gallery, what a delightful way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dad's Army.

This summer, David Benson and Jack Lane presented Dad's Army Radio Hour, their 'studio' staging of Jimmy Perry and David Croft's radio adaptations of their BBC sitcom at York Theatre Royal, playing 25 roles between them.

By way of contrast, York company Pick Me Up Theatre go with a large cast, complemented by an ensemble of Young Ladies/Waitresses/Nazi Sailors and the Walmington-on-Sea Church Choir,, whose period songs flow gloriously in and out of the show.

Director Robert Readman sets up the familiar Captain Mainwaring office, a couple of doors for comedic effect and a long stage to accommodate the familiar platoon for Perry and Croft stage adaptations of The Deadly Attachment ("Don't tell them, Pike); Mum's Army (the full-of-pathos Brief Encounter pastiche that was Perry's favourite) and The Godiva Affair (the Mrs Fox as Lady Godiva one), plus The Floral Dance finale. The contrasts between the tone of each episode show off both the writers and the cast at their best. 

It feels rotten to pick out performers but Mark Hird's Captain Mainwaring, Rory Mulvihill's Sergeant Wilson, Adam Sowter's Private Pike and Mick Liversidge's Lance Corporal Jones are particularly good, as is Sandy Nicholson's Mrs Gray, and the ensemble contributions are top notch too, full of humour or harmony, whatever the moment demands.

Dad's Army, 50th Anniversary, Pick Me Up Theatre, John Cooper Studio, 41 Monkgate, York, 7.30pm tonight and tomorrow; 2.30pm, 7.30pm on Saturday. Box office: 01904 623568 or at pickmeuptheatre.com