Theatre: The Pierrot Players stage Fawlty Towers at Shelley Village Hall
Sep 24 2010 by Val Javin, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
IT is a classic comedy which is still much-loved by audiences almost four decades after it first hit our TV screens.
Now Fawlty Towers will hit the stage once again thanks to the Pierrot Players.
The amateur dramatic society first performed two episodes of the sit-com back in 2006. They were so successful, it was evident the Players would return to stage more episodes.
Written by John Cleese and Connie Booth, Fawlty Towers first hit TV screens in 1975 and Pierrot Director Ian Stevenson said: "There were only ever 12 half hour episodes broadcast between September 1975 and April 1979 and in my view they were all brilliant classic comedy pieces.
"The scripts released for amateur production are simply TV scripts and there are not all transferable to the stage.
"With some creative adjustments I think we have managed it."
Each night of the run they will stage ‘A Touch of Class’, which was the first episode broadcast in which Basil seeks to move the hotel up-market, along with the well-known ‘The Hotel Inspectors’ episode.
Steve Razzell takes the lead of Basil Fawlty and Christine Hughes plays his long-suffering wife Sybil. Carrie Ford plays waitress Polly and Ian Stevenson is the much-loved Manuel.
They’re supported by Peter Middleton as the Major, Christine Schofield as Miss Tibbs and Joan Gough as Miss Gatsby.
The Pierrot Players will stage Fawlty Towers at Shelley Village Hall from October 27-30 at 7.30pm each night. Admission is £5 and tickets can be bought at Shelley Spar Stores and Shepley Newsagents
Visit www.thepierrot players.com for further details and tickets.