IT is one of the all-time classic comedies which has stood the test of time.
Fawlty Towers had audiences in stitches when it first hit TV screens in the seventies.
And it has remained a classic close to comedy-lovers’ hearts and has since been made available for stage productions.
And one local theatre company renowned for its comedy is bringing it to the stage – Marsden Amateur Operatic Society will perform three classic episodes of Fawlty Towers when it hits the stage from May 15-19.
They’ll perform A Touch of Class, Communication Problems and Waldorf Salad.
Peter Armitage directs and will even make a ‘blink and you’ll miss him’ appearance.
“It’s the first time we’ve done Fawlty Towers,” Peter said. “We got the TV scripts through and I had to look at how we can perform it with a stage set.
“I really like Fawlty Towers it certainly broke boundaries in terms of comedy and the fact it’s still repeated shows how loved it is.
“Marsden Amateurs do comedy brilliantly, I’m at my best with comedy so I’m sure we’ll do it justice.”
Eddie Hoyle has the privilege of playing madcap Basil Fawlty while Susan Gledhill plays his long-suffering wife Sybil.
Chris Comber plays hapless Manuel while Katie Field has the job of keeping Fawlty Towers going as Polly.
Robbie Pogson plays Major Gowan and Andrew Sloman will, like many of the play’s 16 characters, double up as three characters during its run.
Just 12 episodes of Fawlty Towers were produced – two series of six episodes, written by John Cleese and his then wife Connie Booth, who had been inspired by the rude behaviour of the proprietor of a hotel in the seaside town of Torquay.
In a Touch of Class Basil is delighted when a member of the aristocracy chooses to stay at Fawlty Towers, and he snubs the normal guests who frequent the hotel. What Basil does not know, however, is that the man is not a Lord but a confidence trickster.
They’ll also recreate Communication Problems where Basil, forbidden to gamble by his wife Sybil, wins some money on a horse race. At the same time one of his guests, an elderly woman with hearing difficulties, reports that someone has stolen some money from her room and Basil finds himself in hot water.
The third play they’ll perform is Warldorf Salad, where an American couple throw Basil into chaos by ordering drinks and meals he has never heard of.
l See Marsden Amateur Operatic Society’s Fawlty Towers at Marsden Parochial Hall from Tuesday, May 15, until Saturday, May 19. Tickets are £7.50 from Duncan’s Hairdressers, Warehouse Hill, Marsden or on 01484 845311 (shop hours only).