Rehearsals are well underway for the production of “An Evening of Fawlty Towers” which opens September 20, 2013 at the Pumphouse Theatres in Calgary. Alan LeBoeuf, one of the directors of the play, said tonight that “it’s great to work with such a large and talented cast.” Below is a sneak peak of some of the cast at a rehearsal.
Not familiar with “Fawlty Towers”? It was a popular British sitcom from the late 1970’s and there’s a cult following of the popular sitcom. The show is about hotel owner, Basil Fawlty, and his “incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance that form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.” (Wikiquote). In the original sitcom, Basil Fawlty was performed by John Cleese (Monty Python alum).
“‘Fawlty Towers’ is more than just a comedy, it’s a work of genius. Not only did writers John Cleese and Connie Booth give the world the most unhinged sitcom hero ever, a brace of unforgettable comedy moments – ‘Don’t mention the war’ anyone? – and a biting portrayal of loveless marriage, but they knew when to stop. There are only 12 episodes… and no afterthought Christmas specials”! (Jack Dee, British stand-up comedian)
- Cast Announcement – “An Evening at Fawlty Towers” (workshoptheatre.wordpress.com)
- Workshop Theatre’s 2013-2014 Season! (workshoptheatre.wordpress.com)
- The Script For “Fawlty Towers” Was Initially Rejected As “Dire” (buzzfeed.com)
- Keeping Out the Riff-Raff (highschoolwithmoney.wordpress.com)