Reviewed by Matt Forrest
Opening Night verdict ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The world’s worst hotelier, Basil Fawlty, his long suffering wife Sybil, and human punch bag, Manuel have arrived in Manchester at one of the city’s newest hotels, Hotel Brooklyn for Faulty Towers The Dining Experience.
Interactive Theatre recently celebrated their 25th year of performances, as well as a decade of shows in London’s West End, and on the basis of today’s show you can see exactly why: anarchic, ridiculous and absolutely hilarious; I loved it!
Paying homage to the popular John Cleese and Connie Booth penned sitcom, the fun starts as soon as you step foot in the bar, while waiting to be seated, as Basil, Sybil and Manual demonstrate their unique take on customer service and good old British hospitality.
What follows is a unique dining experience, as a three-course meal is served through 90 minutes of mayhem while Basil abuses his waiter and most of the diners as well. The website states that 70% of the show is improvised, and you can certainly see why as a great deal of the event revolves around audience participation, whether they want to participate or not, and the rest is a mixture of well placed set-pieces from the show.
The cast are superb. It’s a flawless performance from all three actors and a showcase for fine mimicry and physical comedy. It’s exactly what you want from this immersive experience.
Fans of the show will love it. Those coming to it for the first time will hopefully have been briefed about what to expect, or they’ll be in for a rude awakening! If someone you’re going with is celebrating a special occasion, let them know as it will be celebrated in true Fawlty Towers style.
This is a great deal of fun and certainly worth catching whilst it’s in Manchester. A word of warning though be careful of the soup… some of the bowls may have a little bite to them (when you go, you’ll know exactly what I mean).
Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is at Hotel Brooklyn, until Sunday 12th March. Tickets available here.