Arts & Entertainment

REVIEW: Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

Photo: Ron Rutten

Hit British television comedy series Fawlty Towers was something of a jewel when it premiered in the mid-1970s and is still watched by new generations of ardent viewers all around the world.

The show centered on Basil Fawlty, owner of the fictional British hotel Fawlty Towers, his wife Sybil who managed the hotel, chambermaid Polly, and the English-challenged waiter Manuel. Hilarity transpired from the farcical situations which saturated each of the 12 episodes produced.

Enthusiasts of the series now have the opportunity to attend the 9th season of the immersive Faulty Towers The Dining Experience, which is indisputably interactive theatre at its best!

From the moment the ‘restaurant guests’ arrive the comedy commences, as they’re left under ‘the capable hands’ of Basil, Sybil, and Manuel. Being placed at a table is such a complicated task for these lovable characters, as their bickering and disorganisation set the path for the fun and nonsense that’s forthcoming.

This special dining experience consists of a three-course meal and runs for 2.5 hours. The guests are handed their meals in an unconventional and hilarious manner as Basil’s temper begins to flare.

Faithful to all the classic human disasters in the television series, emotions explode as Manuel can’t follow simple instructions delivered by Basil, who in turn feels intimidated by his energetic and bossy wife. The friction builds between Basil and Sybil to a hysterical ‘husband control’ climax.

The ‘fabulous three’ go from table to table interacting with the patrons of the restaurant, mainly working to a script but are quick to improvise as each show brings new audiences and new situations.

A talented cast that shares a remarkable resemblance to the original actors of the television series is the principal reason for this dining experience’s success. They have mastered the character’s unique mannerisms and audiences should feel as if they have been transported into an episode of this classic series.

Come and watch Basil, Sybil, and Manuel serve a three-course meal! It’s an enjoyable night of fine food, wine, and infectious laughter!

Until Mar 27. Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point. $179-$215+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.sydneyoperahouse.com

May 15, Sep 25 & Dec 4. Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh St, Sydney. Tickets & Info: www.torquaysuitetheatre.com

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