John Cleese Announces Fawlty Towers Show Coming to West End

John Cleese has announced that he will be bringing Fawlty Towers to the West End for the first time, around the 50th anniversary of the classic sitcom.

On Friday morning, the Monty Python star confirmed he had written a new production based on the show, which he originally created and co-wrote with his co-star and then wife Connie Booth.

Fawlty Towers: The Play is based on three episodes of the original sitcom – The Hotel Inspector, The Germans and Communication Problems – and will run at the Apollo Theater in the West End from May to September.

John enthuses: “It is a real pleasure to be bringing Fawlty Towers to the West End for the first time – almost 50 years since the show was first recorded, in December 1974.”

John Cleese, Connie Booth and Andrew Sachs on the set of Fawlty TowersJohn Cleese, Connie Booth and Andrew Sachs on the set of Fawlty Towers

He added: “I have adapted three of my favorite episodes for the stage and written one big finale, which will tie together the endings of all three episodes.

“So here we are, from Torquay, through the old BBC Television Centre, to the West End! I hope some of you will come to the Apollo to laugh together. And laugh. And laugh…”

Adam Jackson-Smith will take on the lead role of Basil Fawlty, played by John Cleese in the original show, while Anna-Jane Casey, Hemi Yeroham and Victoria Fox will play Sybil, Manuel and Polly respectively.

Cast of Fawlty Towers: The PlayCast of Fawlty Towers: The Play

Although John is not expected to star in the show himself, last year he announced that he would reprise the role of Basil Fawlty in the new reboot, which he co-wrote with his daughter Camilla.

It is said that the new version will see Basil navigating the “modern world”, while working alongside a daughter he never knew to run a boutique hotel.

Fawlty Towers has repeatedly been ranked as the best British sitcom of all time, although it famously only ran for two seasons in 1975 and 1979, with only 12 episodes.

John and co-writer Connie Booth – who co-created Fawlty Towers, and were married between 1968 and 1978 – made a mutual decision not to write any more episodes as they felt they had “done the best” and a follow-up. up would be “good but not that great”.

Tickets for Fawlty Towers: The Play will go on sale on Wednesday 7 February at 10am. For more information, visit the event’s official website here.

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