Writer, impressionist and performer Julian Dutton takes on the role of the lugubrious actor John Le Mesurier.

Do You Think That’s Wise? - the Life & Times of John Le Mesurier is a one-man show at Swindon's Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Old Town on Wednesday February 6 at 7.30pm.

Julian says that it was the longevity of John Le Mesurier's career that accounts for much of his enduring appeal.

By the time Dad’s Army began in 1968, John Le Mesurier was in his mid-fifties, but had already appeared in many films and TV shows in supporting roles as well as being in demand for the stage. He famously described himself as a mere jobbing actor.

“He made between 120 and 200 films. He knew that he was never going to be Alec Guinness or Sean Connery or David Niven - a leading man on screen.

“I think when we were all growing up - people of a certain age and even young people! - the old films would be on TV and he would be in them. All of those actors have entered our minds.

Julian chose to do Do You Think That’s Wise? as a play rather than a tribute.

“I could have chosen to do a sort of light entertainment show - An Evening With or An Audience With - but the other route was a play about him.''

Tickets to see the drama unfold are£16.50 from 01793 524481 or visit www.swindontheatre.co.uk