Jason Smith as Basil Fawlty in the 2012 Lismore Theatre Company production of Fawlty Towers.
Jason Smith as Basil Fawlty in the 2012 Lismore Theatre Company production of Fawlty Towers.

Can't fault new production

THE CLASSIC British humour of John Cleese came to town last night when the Lismore Theatre Company's production of Fawlty Towers opened at the Rochdale Theatre.

Following a successful sellout season in 2010 director Sharon Brodie said the theatre company had produced two new hilarious episodes, Waldorf Salad and The Hotel Inspectors, based on the iconic 1970s TV series written by Cleese and Connie Booth.

Ms Brodie said for people familiar with the 2010 shows, the new season features the same actors playing hotel owners Basil and Sybil Fawlty and waiter Manuel.

"Jason certainly owns the role and has followed in John Cleese's tradition of really fast lines," she said.

The Lismore Theatre Company committee held castings for Fawlty Towers in April and May and have been rehearsing ever since.

Ms Brodie said the committee chose the 13 local amateur actors in the cast and the episodes the plays would be based on.

"They are really funny pieces because they feature good old-fashioned slapstick comedy.

"There is the classic pie gag at the end of the inspectors and a nice edginess to Waldorf salad with the antagonism between Basil and an American guest."

Fawlty Towers will be running over the next three weeks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights concluding with two performances on Saturday August 11.

 

SHOW TIMES

Tonight: 8pm

Saturday: 8pm

Sunday: 4pm

Friday, August 3: 8pm

Saturday, August 4: Sold out

Sunday, August 5: 4pm

Friday, August 10: 8pm

Saturday August 11: 2pm and 8pm



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