Fawlty Towers

Date 17th October 2014
Society Alton Operatic & Dramatic Society
Venue Assembly Rooms Alton
Type of Production Play
Director Chris Lang


Author: Mrs Betty Haslam

Three early episodes -  A Touch of Class, The Germans, and Communication Problems  of the TV Comedy Classics. Director Chris Lang researched the three episodes before presenting the show and brought out the best of the farcical situations.  Basil Fawlty (Graeme Cooper) was hilarious, his comedy timing, a lot of shouting and general irritability as he tried to run Fawlty Towers. His wife Sybil (Kate Youll) had other ideas which caused a lot of confusion, the leading actors were well matched in a very comic fashion.   Manuel(Alex Tatnall) his Spanish actions and idiotic moves were very entertaining. Polly (Hannah Garcia) was the perfect maid putting up with the antics of the owners in a very professional way, The Major( Stuart Nash) bumbled his way through the part and gaving a very polished performance.  Mrs Richards (Thelma Wallis) was very good as  the deaf old battleaxe who wanted everything had to be just so.  The rest of the large cast complimented the main characters and supported the leading players well resulting in an enjoyable evening full of laughter which delighted the packed audience.  Stage Manager Robert Hudd had a very busy evening with many scene changes which his stage crew managed well.  Andrew Stickland and Sam Jones-Martin’s Lighting and Sound complimented the set.