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The Play, Apollo Theatre nostalgic fun for fans – but the original’s still the thing : Fawlty Towers

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Published Time: 15.05.2024 - 23:40:21 Modified Time: 15.05.2024 - 23:40:21

John Cleese has welded together three vintage episodes to form one fairly seamless, indisputably funny evening – with an elegiac edge Hugo Glendinning Laughter, applause, delighted recognition

John Cleese has welded together three vintage episodes to form one fairly seamless, indisputably funny evening – with an elegiac edge

: Hugo Glendinning

Laughter, applause, delighted recognition. Only a curmudgeon – perhaps the type that causes bother at hotel receptions – would find grounds for annoyance and complaint at Fawlty Towers arriving in the West End almost half a century after it first aired in 1975, and for getting a grateful audience reaction that must make its creator (to be fair, with his former wife Connie Booth, its co-creator) John Cleese, 84, pleased as punch.

Cleese has welded together three vintage episodes (Hotel Inspectors, Communication Problems, The Germans) to form one fairly seamless, indisputably funny evening of mistaken identity, furtive horse-betting and flagrant Teuton-baiting.

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