“Don’t mention the war”: ‘Fawlty Towers’ returns as a theater piece after 45 years

“Don’t mention the war”: ‘Fawlty Towers’ returns as a theater piece after 45 years
“Don’t mention the war”: ‘Fawlty Towers’ returns as a theater piece after 45 years
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John Cleese. — © BELGA/AFP

“Don’t mention the war.” That famous quote Fawlty Towers takes over London’s West End later this year. After all, the legendary sitcom is moving to the stage, again under the direction of John Cleese.

The actor and screenwriter was responsible for developing a theater version of it Fawlty Towers, and drew inspiration from three episodes: The hotel inspectors, The Germans and Communication problems. These are transformed into one whole. “They are my three favorite episodes, for which a new explosive finale has been written,” says Cleese. The premiere is on May 4 at the Apollo Theater. “I was also involved in casting, and it was nice to see how much acting talent we have in the UK,” he says. He doesn’t play along himself. Although the actors behind the four main characters (Basil, Sybil, Manuel and Polly, ed.) are very similar to their predecessors.

By Fawlty Towers Only twelve episodes were shown in 1975 and 1979. Yet it is considered one of the best sitcoms ever. The series is set in a hotel in the coastal city of Torquay, where the owner regularly barks at his guests. Cleese came up with the idea after a stay at Sinclair’s Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay, where the owner was the spitting image of Basil Fawlty.

The episode was released in 2020 The Germans axed by the BBC due to racist content, but it is now available again with a disclaimer. Meanwhile, Cleese is still working on a reboot of the series. His daughter will also play a part in this.

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