Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Don't Mention John Cleese. ; DESPITE THE COMEDIAN'S ANGER AT THE SHOW, THIS TRIBUTE TO TV'S FAWLTY TOWERS IS GOING STRONG

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Don't Mention John Cleese. ; DESPITE THE COMEDIAN'S ANGER AT THE SHOW, THIS TRIBUTE TO TV'S FAWLTY TOWERS IS GOING STRONG

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TWO hours of fast-paced comedy mayhem and a threecourse meal - Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience is no ordinary comedy night out. Now a huge international success story, it started out as a tribute to BBC sitcom favourite Fawlty Towers in which John Cleese performed his most triumphant comedy role as Basil Fawlty.

While there were many magic moments in the show, the shambolic scenes in the hotel restaurant have become legendary as Basil and Sybil - played by Prunella Scales - worked with Polly (Cleese's co- writer Connie Booth) and Spanish waiter Manuel (Andrew Sachs) to serve the guests.

It's this crazy atmosphere that the stage show aims to replicate, and it has been filling the formidable shoes of Cleese and Scales for almost 20 years.

It's tough, says show spokesperson Geraldine Hill, and a job made a little tougher in 2016 when Cleese himself hit out against the tribute and hinted at suing its developers (independent professional acting company Interactive Theatre International) - branding it the "Faulty Towers Rip-Off Dining Experience". …

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