The Avengers stage play
focuses on the machiavellian schemes of one Madam Gerda (Kate
O'Mara), a power-crazed, thigh-booted villain resplendent in figure-hugging PVC,
who has devised a plot guaranteed to overthrow the governments of the
world. She plans to do this by using the Giant Computer Brain –
or George, for short – that she has conveniently at her disposal. The
machine can render human subjects invisible – and brainwash enemies,
if Gerda commands it – and the sinister villain intends to achieve her
dastardly aims by rendering her thirty sexy, leather-clad female gang
members invisible, whereupon they can infiltrate the spy networks of
John Steed (Simon Oates), the top
British secret agent, and Hannah Wild (Sue Lloyd), his intelligent and
frustratingly hard-to-get partner are tasked with outwitting the
diabolical mastermind. Steed seems to have a natural advantage in that
he can see the invisible henchwomen, when no-one else can.
Unfortunately, Steed discovers that this is not as much of an
advantage as he had previously thought, as his boss at MI5, Mother
(John S. Landry), suspects that his star agent has suddenly gone round
the twist – and promptly sends his to a psychiatrist at the local
hospital for tests!
Steed is having none of this,
however, and quickly escapes, only to find that Madam Gerda has
compromised the world's spy networks. Her plan is working out
perfectly, much to Steed's chagrin. He resolves to stop her,
nonetheless, but this proves an easier thing to say than it is to do.
In his attempts to thwart her plans, Steed is tied to the Giant
Computer Brain and tortured, and is stripped of his rank and licence.
He retains his British sense of humour and stiff upper lip throughout,
however. Anything else would be unthinkable.
Finally, Steed convinces Mother of
his sanity and manages to bring Madam Gerda's outrageous scheme to an end,
saving Britain and the grateful governments of the world.
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