Fawlty Towers is one of the most celebrated TV sitcoms ever to come out of the United Kingdom. The series, written and created by John Cleese (Monty Python), was set in a fictional hotel and featured plots centered on the tense, rude, and put-upon owner Basil Fawlty, his bossy wife Sybil, comparatively normal chambermaid Polly, and hapless Spanish waiter Manuel, showing their attempts to run the hotel amidst farcical situations and an array of demanding and eccentric guests.
Cleese has since adapted many episodes for the stage and we here at the VPH have chosen three to perform for our audiences during this special, limited Summer Show run. The show is directed by Ed Young (The Curious Savage, Inherit The Wind), assisted by Allison Schrader, and produced by Rich Lutz.
Show dates are August 5, 6, 12, 13 at 8pm. There will also be a Sunday matinee on August 7th at 2pm.
- The Builders
Sybil and Basil are planning to go away for the weekend, leaving Polly in charge. Workmen are expected to fix a new door and block up an existing one. But, unbeknownst to Sybil, Basil has changed the contractors from Stubbs’ to the cheaper O’Reilly’s.
- Communication Problems
A difficult lady guest arrives and finds fault with everything including the view from her window (“What were you hoping to see? Herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically…”) It transpires that her hearing aid is not working which adds to the confusion. Basil has had a hot tip on a horse but Sybil has banned betting.
- The Germans
Sybil is in hospital for an operation on an ingrown toenail so Basil has been left in charge. A party of German guests is expected and Polly is brushing up on her German whilst Basil attempts to hang a moose head in reception. A fire drill is planned but the burglar alarm goes off instead, confusing everyone, and Sybil keeps telephoning from the hospital with fresh instructions.
Nigel Rogers as Basil Fawlty
Andrea Ambs as Sybil Fawlty
Alexis Ross as Polly
Thomas Abraham as Manuel
Steve Niles as Major Gowan
Joan Hoffman, Ronit Adini, Mike Powell, Dennis Mahoney, Tim Schumann, Jon Zucker, Jillian Bosmann, Gina Lutz, Bob Harris, and Jeff Froehlich