The Brighton Fringe Festival is in full swing, celebrating its fifth anniversary with many different acts and actors for three full weeks until the end of May.

As part of the festival, a group of actors has been entertaining dinner guests at the Thistle Brighton Hotel by improvising characters from Fawlty Towers.

The show is a tribute to the 1970s TV comedy series that was as popular in Australia as in the UK and is now presented as a live rendition by The Interactive Theatre Australia while diners enjoy a 3-course meal.

Scene from the original TV comedy series in the 1970s

The show has become one of the surprise hits of this year’s Fringe and includes three Australian actors impersonating Basil Fawlty, his wife Sybil, and the Spanish waiter Manuel. Basil is neurotic, Sybil is domineering, and Manuel is hopelessly language-challenged. Everything that could possibly go wrong does go wrong, in a somewhat controlled but chaotic way. Thanks to the loose script and improvisational nature of the show, every night, a unique show is produced.

Until the 29th May, you can experience the 2-hour show with a 3-course meal for Dinner (Tues-Sun, 8pm for 8.30pm) or weekend Lunch (Sat-Sun, 1pm for 1.30pm).

For info and bookings, please call 01273 763244 or visit the Thistle Brighton website.

In the meantime, we’ll leave you with a little taste of The Fawlty Towers, where breakfasts turns into a complicated multilingual endeavor…



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