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Fawlty Towers stage show comes to Brisbane later this year

HAVE A LAUGH: Fawlty Towers creator and co-writer John Cleese (left) with   Stephen Hall who will play the role of Basil Fawlty when Fawlty Towers - Live on Stage comes to Brisbane later this year.
HAVE A LAUGH: Fawlty Towers creator and co-writer John Cleese (left) with Stephen Hall who will play the role of Basil Fawlty when Fawlty Towers - Live on Stage comes to Brisbane later this year.

MOST of us past a certain age have likely watched all episodes of Fawlty Towers multiple times.

The series first aired in 1975 and since then it has not been absent from our televisions for long with replays on the intervening four decades reminding us of the sheer laugh-out-loud joy of this iconic series.

Now we have the chance to see it all over again, this time live. Fawlty Towers - Live on Stage will play in Brisbane at the end of this year.

The role of Basil will be played by Australian actor Stephen Hall, who starred in the Australian production of the musical comedy show Spamalot.

The full company (in alphabetical order) includes: Ana Maria Belo (Miss Tibbs, ensemble); Paul Bertram (The Major); Blazey Best (Sybil); Syd Brisbane (Manuel); Paul Denny (Mr Hutchison, ensemble); Aimee Horne (Polly); Andrew Johnston (Mr Walt, German guest, ensemble); Sarah Jane Kelly (Onstage swing); Deborah Kennedy (Mrs Richards); Anna Lee (Miss Gatsby, nurse, ensemble); John Shearman (Taxi driver, inspector, ensemble); Emily Thomas (German guest, ensemble); John Voce (Mr Thurston, Dr Finn, German guest, ensemble); and David John Watton (Mr Firkins, Mr Kerr, Mr Sharp, ensemble).

The original television series was first broadcast on BBC Two in the UK in 1975 and is based on a real-life hotel owner.

John Cleese came up with the idea for the character of Basil Fawlty when the Monty Python team stayed at the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay.

The owner of the hotel, Donald Sinclair, fascinated Cleese with his incredibly rude behaviour.

Manic, snobbish, condescending, sycophantic and rude, Basil Fawlty is without doubt one of the funniest, most iconic and most memorable British comedy characters yet written.

Adapted by Cleese himself and utilising some of his own personal all-time favourite moments, the stage production will bring his beloved characters to life in an unmissable evening of hilarity.

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