Fawlty Towers returns to Kenilworth for more slapstick stage humour

An award-winning stage production of the popular 1970s sitcom Fawlty Towers is returning to the Talisman in Kenilworth this week.

Basil (Bill Davis), Polly (Aurelia Storey) and Basil the Rat in the Talisman Theatre's Fawlty Towers.
Basil (Bill Davis), Polly (Aurelia Storey) and Basil the Rat in the Talisman Theatre's Fawlty Towers.

After winning a National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) award for its 2009 production of the television farce, the Barrow Road-based amateur dramatics group are bringing audiences three more episodes - Basil the Rat, A Touch of Class and The Hotel Inspectors - from tonight (Monday) to Saturday April 20.

Director Wendy Anderson has brought together many of the original team - including set-designer Tim Eden, whose loving re-creation of the interior of the Torquay hotel makes a return.

Many of the previous cast are also reprising their roles, including Bill Davis as Basil, Jill Laurie as Sybil and David Draper as Manuel.

Artistic director Christine Carpenter says she is looking forward to presenting the play to audiences. She said: “As well line-learning, Manuel-slapping and practicing dramatic hyperbole, Bill Davis has spent every waking hour since the end of February preparing for the role - by growing a moustache - much to my family’s disgust.”

Performances start at 7.30pm each evening. For tickets, which cost between £7 and £8.50, call 856548.