Fawlty Towers may have first aired on TV in 1975 but more than 40 years on it shows no sign of running out of steam any time soon.
Paul Wood who runs The Keys restaurant in the crypt under St Peter’s Church, Huddersfield, snapped up a cast of Adrian Palmer, Manuel, Pat McConnell, Basil and Vicki Glover, Sybil, for the latest attempt at igniting slapstick chaos.
For two-and-a-half hours they manfully plough this well-trodden furrow for laughs.
The problem is that Sybil is at least 30 years too young for the part and the cast struggle to capture the often electrifying mayhem which characterised the original TV episodes.
Much of the comedy comes from Basil’s panicked reactions to messing up big time in front of his furious wife.
He is supposed to be genuinely frightened of her but in this production she looked about as terrifying as a three-day old lamb.
And with well-loved characters such as the Major and Polly written out of the script, presumably to save on the £1200 cost of hiring them, there was a predictable feel to many of the sketches.
Despite that the cast give it their best shot and our fellow diners lapped it up and enthusiastically took part in a conga afterwards.
As always the food and drink was top notch and served up with superlative efficiency – no sign of Fawlty Towers mayhem there.