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FAULTY TOWERS THE DINING EXPERIENCE

16 September 2014 – 21 September 2014

Venue: Utzon Room
Presented by: Interactive Theatre International

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Highly improvised interactive comedy theatre featuring Basil, Sybil, Manuel and a 3-course meal in an internationally acclaimed, pitch perfect tribute to TV's Fawlty Towers.

Description

Basil, Sybil and Manuel return having sold-out here in July as well as last year. Serving a 3-course meal with a good dollop of mayhem, this 'hilarious battle of wits, patience, fire extinguishers and fine food' (-Australian Traveller) arrives during yet another world tour. It's the show to see!

Basil, Sybil and Manuel return having sold-out here in July as well as last year. Serving a 3-course meal with a good dollop of mayhem, this 'hilarious battle of wits, patience, fire extinguishers and fine food' (- Australian Traveller) arrives during yet another world tour. It's the show to see!

The show starts as the audience wait to be seated and then hurtles along in a tour de force of fully immersive, highly improvised and site-specific comedy theatre. With only a third of the show scripted, anything can happen and everything stays fresh as these three infamous hoteliers play with the audience - and as the audience play the part of diners in the 'Fawlty Towers' restaurant. Do expect all the best gags and 'a rip-roaringly hilarious night out' (-  This Is London )… just don't mention the war!

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is an affectionate homage to Fawlty Towers, that most revered of TV series by the BBC. The original scripts by John Cleese and Connie Booth are not used in the show, and the sometimes-supposed mis-spelling of the show's name is, in fact, on purpose. Artistic director Alison Pollard-Mansergh explains: 'When we started this show in 1997, John Cleese, Prunella Scales and Andrew Sachs were still young enough to perform these roles. I didn't want people to think they were getting the original, so I spelled the name of our show differently. Happily though, both they and the BBC know what we are doing, and we work with the BBC a lot.'

Seventeen years on since it started in Brisbane, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is now performed around the world by eight teams of cast, pretty much constantly. It's touring over 20 countries this year, and has already had sold out debut seasons in Iceland, Malaysia, and the UK's Royal Albert Hall. It also has a residency in the heart of London's West End theatre land, and it ranks consistently high in tripAdvisor's Top London Performances and Attractions.

' Manuel (Anthony Sottile) is brilliant  '(- Australian Stage, FringeWorld Perth).

'Basil, played by Rob Langston… so spot on you forget it's not actually John Cleese.' (- Cape Times, South Africa).

' Karen Hamilton has Sybil Fawlty's snorting laugh and squealing 'Basil!' down to a tee and looks for all the world like Prunella in the flesh.'  (- Arts Hub, Melbourne International Comedy Festival).

* Faulty Towers Menu 2014  

Entrée
Potato and leek vichyssoise with fleurons

Main Course
Chicken Kiev with poached green beans and chat potatoes

Vegetarian Main Course
Vegetable Stack with tomato sauce

Dessert
Bombe Alaska

Drinks are available for purchase at the bar in the Utzon Room

For any special dietary requirements please contact claire@imaginationworkshop.com.au

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Artist Information

'Sybil Faulty' - Karen Hamilton
As a successful actor and stunt performer, Karen has appeared in home-grown and international film and TV, and as a character actor on radio. Think Matrix, Neighbours, Medivac, and many, many more. With Interactive Theatre International, Karen has been performing as Sybil around the world since 2000 and, according to What's On Comedy, she has ' the most Sybil-sounding laugh'  ever heard since Prunella Scales… that was much in evidence when she performed during the show's sold-out debut season at Sydney Opera House in 2013.

'Manuel' - Anthony Sottile
Originally from Melbourne, Anthony's creativity and love of performing led to numerous roles in theatre and film from an early age. He graduated from Sydney Theatre School in 2009, joining ITI in 2010. As well as huge creativity and energy, Anthony's greatest asset is his ability to draw on his audience's energy to enhance his performance. Anthony has performed as 'Manuel' to international acclaim. He was one of the much-praised cast who opened the show in London's West End in 2012, and at Sydney Opera House in 2013.

'Basil Faulty' - Rob Langston
Rob is a London-based actor who has been involved in several exciting theatre projects, including the renowned children's theatre company, Soren Bennick's, 'Power of One' schools tour, the hit London site specific theatre production 'You Me Bum Bum Train', and the Ibsen Theatre Company's 'Peer Gynt' at the Riverside Studios in London. As Basil Faulty, Rob has toured with the show in the UK, Belgium, Barbados, South Africa and Thailand. He has also appeared with the show at the Edinburgh Fringe, the London West End residency, and at Royal Albert Hall.


Pricing Information

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection.  Suitable for all ages.

Price includes a 3 course meal. (*see description).  Drinks are available for purchase at the bar in the Utzon Room.

Standard $145 - $195
Booking fee applies per transaction

$8.50 - Contact Centre
$8.50 - Internet
$5.00 - Box Office Counter

Pricing Information Explained

Pricing Information Explained

For events which offer concession pricing, if you purchase concession tickets, please ensure you have your Proof of Concession with you when you attend an event.

Ticket Booking Enquiries: For all general booking enquiries please email the Contact Centre or call on +61 2 9250 7777 for more information.

Groups Bookings: Please email the Group Booking team or call on +61 2 9250 7700 for more information.

Insider Prices: Insiders are Sydney Opera House members. Insiders get waived booking fees, up to 20% off Sydney Opera House Presents shows and more. More Info

Performance Dates

Tuesday 16 September 7:30pm (guests to arrive for 7pm) - $145 per person
Wednesday 17 September 7:30pm (guests to arrive for 7pm) - $175 per person
Thursday 18 September 7:30pm (guests to arrive for 7pm) - $175 per person
Friday 19 September 7:30pm (guests to arrive for 7pm)  - $195 per person
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aturday 20 September 1:30pm (guests to arrive for 1pm) - $169 per person
Saturday 20 September 7:30pm (guests to arrive for 7pm) - $195 per person
Sunday 21 September 1:30pm (guests to arrive for 1pm) - $169 per person
Sunday 21 September 7:30pm (guests to arrive for 7pm) - $175 per person

Reviews

- 'a hilarious battle of wits, patience, fire extinguishers and fine food… distinctly hilarious' -  Australian Traveller, Sydney Opera House

- ' The cast is excellent and the laughs never-ending… No doubt even John Cleese would enjoy the show.'  - Herald Sun, Melbourne International Comedy Festival

- ' There's a reason this show constantly gets rave reviews. It is brilliant.'  - The Advertiser & Adelaide Now headline, Adelaide Fringe

- 'top end entertainment that's deliciously entertaining… not to be missed'  - What's on London

- ' so talented - had us in stitches!'  - BBC Radio Five Live, Pienaar's Politics, UK tour

- 'outstanding… the most exciting, pacy and disciplined piece of improv theatre to be seen… this improv cannot be improved'  - FringeReview, Edinburgh Fringe

 

Links

Visit the Interactive Theatre web page HERE
Visit the Faulty Towers Blog HERE
Visit the Faulty Towers Twitter page HERE
Visit the Faulty Towers Facebook page HERE
Watch a video selection HERE

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