IT is one of the all-time classic comedies which still has the TV audience in stitches.
So see how well it translates on stage as Turn Again Theatre brings Torquay’s rudest hotelier to Holmfirth.
Yes, that’s right, Fawlty Towers is coming to town and with it the madness that is Basil Fawlty.
And one cast member has a lot of ageing to do – 13-year-old Laura Brockway, a pupil at Holmfirth High School, will play one of the oldest characters – Miss Gatsby.
Joining Laura on stage will be her mum Mel, who plays sidekick Miss Tibbs.
Laura hadn’t been born when the TV series hit the screens in the seventies.
But with the help of make-up, the talented teen is ready to bring to life the resident octogenarian spinsters the show’s audience fell in love with.
Laura also plays a sulky, spoilt child and her mother doubles up as one of the German party.
But Mel says: “Laura is already informing me that she has more lines than me.”
So has her husband, Mark, who plays public health inspector Mr Carnegie in the classic episode Basil the Rat.
It’s come to life thanks to Turn Again Theatre, whose production of Fawlty Towers Two runs from May 18 to 21, 7.45pm.
The show is based on different episodes from the Holmfirth company’s record-breaking original production three years ago.
But the four main characters are the same – Neil Stacey as the anarchic Basil, Loretta Skelton as his wife Sybil, Richard Skelton as the hapless Spanish waiter Manuel and Gwen Parr as Polly Shearman, the waitress and receptionist.
Beryl Dunnill, who will direct again, says: “We have had so many requests to do another Fawlty Towers that we finally gave in, provided the original team were willing. They certainly were and I am sure it will be another success.”
Jack Dunnill, who helped with the direction last time, appears this time as the long-term resident Major Gowen.
He says: “My wife said I would be perfect for the part but when I looked up the character notes – an old befuddled, somewhat senile ex-soldier – I realised she wasn’t exactly doing me any favours.”
Allan Sykes plays Mr Hutchison in the knockabout Hotel Inspectors. Simon Whitaker (Mr Walt) and Neil Smith (Terry the chef) also have leading roles.
Just 12 episodes were produced – two series each of six episodes, which was written by John Cleese and his then wife Connie Booth.
Inspired by the rude behaviour of the proprietor of a hotel in the seaside town of Torquay, the hit TV show follows Basil Fawlty (Cleese) in his running of the fictional Fawlty Towers hotel in the same area.
It’s only recently been made available for the stage so get your tickets for Turn Again Theatre’s take on the classic.
And the night of fun is great value – tickets are £4 and £6 from Holmfirth Information Office on 01484 222444.