Grantham Dramatic Society’s next production at the Guildhall Arts Centre is set to be a barrel of laughs, as the society performs its own take on ‘Fawlty Towers’.
The production will celebrate the classic British sitcom which was first broadcast 40 years ago this week, on September 19.
The society previously mounted a production of ‘Fawlty Towers’ in 2007, and is eager to celebrate the 40th anniversary with a second visit to the madcap hotel.
Director Mary O’Neill commented: “Fawlty Towers was one of the most successful shows in the society’s history so when we realised 2015 was the 40th anniversary, we knew we had to do it again!”
‘Fawlty Towers’, written by John Cleese and his then wife Connie Booth, was not immediately successful, drawing negative reviews from critics. However with audience popularity came critical acclaim, and the show has frequently been voted among the public’s favourite TV comedies of all time.
“Although we put on the show once before, we are going to do three different episodes this time,” said Mary. “Plus we have a completely different cast so it’s completely new. It was difficult to choose just three episodes but we’ve picked ‘Communication Problems’ featuring hard-of-hearing guest Mrs Richards, ‘The Germans’ in which a blow to the head leads to Basil offending his German guests, and finally ‘Basil the Rat’ which sees the hotel turned upside down by a hotel inspector and an escaped rat!”
This year sees the 70th Anniversary of Grantham Dramatic Society, which has been producing plays in Grantham since 1945. Set up to raise funds for charity after the war, the society still gets involved in community projects. The society welcomes new members and encourages anyone interested in theatre to get in touch.
‘Fawlty Towers’ runs from November 25 to 28, at 7.30pm.
Tickets are on sale now from the Guildhall Arts Centre on 01476 406158 or you can book your tickets online at www.granthamdramaticsociety.co.uk