Aug 5-7, 10-14, 17-22, 24-26
14.00 & 20.00
Why is it that I & others come to this show time & time again. Is it the randomness of the table you’re thrown into, meeting like-minded fans of either the TV show or this wonderful interactive version? Is it the pure timelessness of the characters & the jokes created in a moment of genius by John Cleese back in the seventies? Is it the uniqueness of a performance onto which is attached a delicious 3-course meal? It is all these things & much, much more, for entering, enjouying & departing the Faulty Towers experience, one feels endowed with a new sense of cheery vitatlity, ready to tackle the world yet again.
The 2 hour show begins with the ‘audience’ gathering in a courtyard, ordring table drinks & watching the first fits of comedy as Sybil, Manuel & Basil introduce themselves & commence the suspension fo disbelief that really does keep us enthralled throughout the show. Before, during, & between the courses, various & select scenes from the TV series are replayed right before our eyes, the barrier between reality & fiction shimmering in the air.
The star of the show seems to be Manuel, whose broken English provides so many possibilities for the British love of innuendo & wordplay. Refreshingly, some of the action was different from last year, perhaps down to a new cast who are; Karina Garnett as Sybil, Leigh Kelly as Manuel, and Benedict Holme as Basil. This freshness then ensures the Mumble yet again gives this delightful show another FIVE STARS.
Reviewer : Damo Bullen