Broadway Baby ★★★★ review


Thanks Broadway Baby for this lovely 4 star review for our fabulous Edinburgh Fringe team! 
You can read the whole review here.BroadwayBabyreview_forFacebook2

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Instagrams from Malaysia

We’ve had lots of fun looking through the Instagram posts from the shows that are currently going on at PJ Live Arts in Malaysia, featuring Karen Hamilton as Sybil, Jordan Edmeades as Basil and Geoffrey Reczek as Manuel … here are just a few of the best ones.

If these are your photos, thanks so much for sharing them with us.

Catch Faulty Towers at Frontera, @jayaone. Brought to you by @pjlivearts. A show not to be missed! #faultytowers #sybil #pjla

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A very terrifying but funny dinner… #faultytowers #sitcom #dinner #show

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Remember to use #faultytowerslive when seeing shows and sharing your photos and comments, wherever you are in the world! You can follow us on Instagram @thefaultytowers

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PJ Live Arts, Malaysia review

Well done to Karen Hamilton (Sybil), Jordan Edmeades (Basil) and Geoffrey Reczek (Manuel) for their first review from their tour of Malaysia. Shows continue until 1 June, tickets available here.

‘the cast of this show are so spot-on with their impersonations that it immediately feels like you are in the characters’ presence… one riotous joke after another’ – On Stage | The Star Online.

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Tweet of the Week

Technically not a tweet at all but we loved this photo on Instagram from Sybil on tour in Australia, Lara Dignam (@lardigs) of Andy Foreman choosing his moustache for the night. It makes a difference, don’t you know!

Andy chooses his moustache #ontheroad #faultytowers #haha #funny

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Warm ups and filming in Antwerp 2013…

We’re returning to Belgium at the beginning of March. This is a little bit of what happened behind the scenes last time we were in Antwerp…

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Assembly Rooms, Derby

Paul O’Neill, Ed Howells & Suzanna Hughes with the staff from the Assembly Rooms, Derby last week.

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Thanks Sint Michiel!

Thanks to the 24 students (and teachers) from Sint Michiel School for the yummy food and enthusiastic service for our shows in Leopoldsburg, Belgium – you did a great job!

Both nights in Leopoldsburg were completely sold out and we even had a standing ovation on the second night so overall a complete success.

Here’s some of the students getting stuck in with the main course service…

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Introducing… Benedict Holme

Benedict Holme has been playing Basil Faulty in Faulty Towers The Dining Experience since April 2013. He has already toured in the UK and Canada and performed at the show’s residency in the Charing Cross Hotel in London’s West End. He’s currently touring Australia for the first time, experiencing Fringe World Perth, Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

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Q1: What’s your favourite part of working with Faulty Towers The Dining Experience so far, or your favourite Faulty moment?

Well, it’s no exaggeration to say that few acting jobs could be more perfect for a lanky, moustachioed actor with a travel bug. Ali [Artistic Director and Executive Producer] cast me in April 2013, and since then I’ve relished working with some wonderful and talented people, and in some amazing locations. I recently returned from a tour of Canada (where nearly every show ended with a standing ovation), and I leave in a few days’ time for a three-month tour of Australia. It’s a tremendous challenge to play such an iconic figure of British comedy in an interactive theatre context, but there’s no “buzz” quite like a show when the audience are 100% on your side.

Q2: Describe yourself in three words?

Fine ale connoisseur.

Q3: What’s your best (or worst) corpsing story?

A recent experience in Swindon springs to mind, when we were interrupted by a real life fire alarm and a real life (and extremely loud) plate smash, in both cases pre-empting the well-known routines from the show. We were half expecting a real life rat to scurry across the floor well in advance of his artificial counterpart making its scheduled appearance in Manuel’s box at the beginning of the second act. I can’t remember if any of this resulted in any actual corpsing, but we were close!

 Q4: What similarities and differences are there between yourself and the character you play?

I’m sure some of my fellow cast members would tell you that very little transformation is required to turn Ben into Basil. Being tall, skinny, grumpy, and a bit posh, I’m pretty much there already. But whereas Basil gives full, irascible voice to all his angers and frustrations, Ben elects to simmer under the surface and brave life’s minor irritations with a big smile on his face 🙂

Q5: If you were an animal, what animal would you be, and why?

I’m thinking a blue whale. Being the largest organism that has ever lived, at least I’d know that nothing could eat me! Actually, didn’t David Attenborough show a baby one getting hounded by killer whales? I think I’d better be a killer whale instead, then. They can beat up great white sharks after all, and that might prove very useful when I’m in Australia!

Q6: Who’s your favourite cast member to share a dressing room with and why?

I think they’re all terrific, whether I’m sharing a dressing room, car journey, train journey, flight, beer, or mad excursion into a dangerous, litter-strewn abandoned Derbyshire cave-system with them!


Q7: If your character had a dating profile, what do you think it would say?

Ageing brilliantine stick insect seeks respite from rancorous coiffeured old sow.

Q8: What was your last tweet or Facebook status?

I’m not yet a Twitterer and don’t often update my Facebook status, but I’ll probably find time to make the obligatory “Farewell, friends!” speech before leaving for Aus.

Q9: What don’t you leave home without?

I was going to say a clean pair of socks, but we all know that’s a big lie, so it’s wallet and iPhone!

Q10: Do you have any hidden talents?

Burp-talking (not really).

No, as I bored other cast members with in Canada and on other tours, I’m a complete history buff, and can name virtually everyone who travelled on the Titanic. I’ve also been known to conduct personal Jack the Ripper tours for curious fellow cast members, who agree to suffer my heavily biased suspect theory providing there’s a Brick Lane curry at the end of it.

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We received this lovely review from Paul on our Facebook this morning, it’s made our day!
There’s also a picture below, taken by Paul, of Brian Roche as Manuel at the Floral Pavillion.

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Tweet of the Week

Our tweet of the week is from, Nieuwe Nobelaer (@Nobelaer), setting up for the first show of our Dutch tour.

and here’s a photo from @ben_turner on Instagram who was in the audience

Tickets to shows in the Netherlands can be found here.

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Tweet of the Week

From our very own Sybil in Bahrain…

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Sybil’s adventures in Norway

Norway here we come!

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Basil off duty…..

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An off duty Basil…

Taking a baby plane across Norway @thefaultytowers

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A little plane!

What's going on? Basil?

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This mornings view in Oppdal #hotel #living

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The morning view in Oppdal

After show Sybil #flowers

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British Embassy charity show for the RIA Institute in Bahrain



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