Another actor needed to fill the bill at the Rochedale.
Another actor needed to fill the bill at the Rochedale.

Fawlty Towers a bit short in cast

FANCY a drink? There’s little chance you will be served at the Rochedale Theatre, especially when Basil Fawlty takes to the stage.

In fact, the latest production of Fawlty Towers, directed by Brian Best, will present to adoring fans from March 12-27 – provided a last minute fill-in actor can be found.

Perhaps it is you?

“We’re looking for a person to play a crucial bit-part,” explained Mr Best.

His name is Mr Wareing and as a guest of the hotel he has every right to expect service – except whenBasil Fawlty is obsessed withpleasing the good Lord Melbury.

“Basil is very good at fawning around the lord and ignoring every-one else,” explains Mr Best.

Mr Wareing, meanwhile, continues to demand a scotch and water and an orange juice without response, although his cries for service grow louder as the play progresses.

Fawlty Towers’ reputation for classic comedy ‘speaks for itself’ says Mr Best.

The play, published in 1977 by John Cleese and Connie Booth, was inspired by a real-life hotelier and remains as popular today as it was when the BBC first ran the series.

This play, which features two episodes – A Touch of Class and Communication Problems – is ideally suited to the Rochedale Theatre, says Mr Best, thanks to that venue’s ‘intimate atmosphere’.

“The Rochedale is a proper theatre, not a village hall,” he said.



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