FAWLTY TOWERS LIVE, Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney 18 Aug-18 Sept; Comedy Theatre Melbourne, 21 Sept-23 Oct; Her Majesty’s Theatre Adelaide, 26 Oct 26-13 Nov; Regal Theatre Subiaco, 17 Nov-11 Dec; Playhouse, QPAC Brisbane, 28 Dec 2016-22 Jan 22 2017, NZ to follow. Photography James Morgan: above - Blazey Best and Stephen Hall; right - Aimee Horne
Almost 50 years ago (!) John Cleese and Connie Booth wrote six half-hour episodes of a sit-com for the BBC. It was so successful they were asked to write six more and then they said, “that’s it, no more.” And they meant it. Fawlty Towers is as legendary for the brevity of its existence as it is for its comedic genius – which is alive and well today.
So timeless is the concept – life in an awful seaside hotel in Torquay – that news of its adaptation for the stage by Cleese seemed logical. It was promised that we would get the Fawlty Towers we loved and can quote chunks of; it was to open in Australia with an Australian cast. What’s not to love?
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