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John Cleese on Bang Bang: ‘I have always been drawn to farce’

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Monty Python comedy legend John Cleese has adapted George Feydeau’s 1892 French farce BANG BANG for a brand-new staging which opens this month at Mercury Theatre Colchester… Tell us about Bang Bang. What subjects does it deal with? And why is farce the best medium? I have always been drawn to farce, because since the first one I ever saw, …

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JEEPERS CREEPERS – Leicester Square Theatre

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My parents loved Marty Feldman. Given I’m no spring chicken that tells you how far back into the recesses of black-and-white television you’d have to delve for the career and admittedly the brilliance of the bulging-eyed clown at the centre of Jeepers Creepers, who also wrote early sitcoms like Bootsie and Snudge. I had to watch in my Ladybird pyjamas because it was on after my bedtime.

Can you succeed on Broadway if you don’t have any Jews? Maybe not…

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We owe the phrase “you won’t succeed on Broadway if you don’t have any Jews” to Spamalot – so it only officially entered the theatrical lexicon circa 2005 when the Monty Python musical opened on Broadway (and I first heard it live a year later, when it had its West End premiere at the Palace […]

SPAMALOT – Touring

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Generally speaking, if you go to see a musical and the whole cast corpse midway through Act 1, it can be seen as a bad sing… thankfully, when the cast of Spamalot at the Mayflower did just that last night, we were all in on the joke (I won’t spoil it in case he uses it again, but suffice it to say, it involves Joe Pasquale mentioning Janet Street Porter and McDonald’s Fillet of Fish in quick succession).