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Fawlty Towers
  • Fawlty Towers

  • Apollo Theatre
  • Booking details
  • Booking from: Saturday, 4 May 2024
    Booking until: Saturday,28 September 2024

Fawlty Towers description

About Fawlty Towers

Whether you’ve seen the 1970s TV sitcom or not, Fawlty Towers will make you laugh out loud. But whatever you do, don’t mention the war!

The original ‘Basil’ in the series, John Cleese, and director Caroline Jay Ranger – who delighted audiences with Monty Python Live at the O2 – have adapted three of the best Fawlty Towers episodes for the stage along with Cleese’s writing partner and fellow actor Connie Booth.

What's the story of Fawlty Towers?

The stage production blends series one’s ‘The Hotel Inspectors’ and ‘The Germans’, and series two’s ‘Communication Problems’ into one madcap plot with a new ending, and it’s just as hilarious as you’d expect.

The TV sitcom’s anti-hero Basil Fawlty was based on Donald Sinclair, a real-life hotel owner who ran the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay. Sinclair was shockingly rude to his guests. He fascinated Cleese so much he was inspired to create the Basil Fawlty character, and the rest is history.

Considered to be one of the greatest sitcoms of all time, just 12 half-hour episodes of Fawlty Towers were produced. Fifty years after the series first hit our screens, the show has already been produced in Australia. Now it’s here, opening in London's Apollo Theatre in Spring 2024.

Who is starring in Fawlty Towers?

The show stars Adam Jackson-Smith as Basil, Anna-Jane Casey as Sybil, Hemi Yeroham as Manuel, Victoria Fox as Polly, and Paul Nicholas as the Major, with a total cast of eighteen.

Who is on the Fawlty Towers creative team?

The director is Caroline Jay Ranger, whose previous credits include Only Fools and Horses: The Musical. Liz Ascroft is the Set and Costume Designer, Ian Scott the Lighting Designer, and Anne Vosser the Casting Director.

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Playing at Apollo Theatre (venue info)

31 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES GB

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