Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

War, in Spike's Own Words

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

War, in Spike's Own Words

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THE stage adaptation of Spike Milligan's war memoirs comes to Newcastle Theatre Royal tomorrow for a five-night stay.

Adapted for the stage by Ben Power and Tim Carroll (both of Royal Shakespeare Company fame), Adolf Hitler: My Part in his Downfall is billed as an "epic Everyman's odyssey through World War Two" and finds gunner Milligan having just joined the Royal Artillery.

The story follows him through the North African and Italian campaigns with his highly comic ad hoc jazz quartet.

Top notch comedy and tragedy collide, as the motley crew sale adrift on the tide of great historic events.

The tale is told through a fusion of comedy, jazz, song and dance and takes the form of a sketch show, mixing anecdotes, jokes and diary excerpts, interspersed with jazz standards and Spike's own comic compositions.

The script uses all Spike Milligan's own words -offering the inimitable humour which saw him named the BBC's funniest person of the last 1,000 years in 1999. …

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