Australian Tour

Three festivals, three months in three states -what an adventure the Faulty team had around Australia! Karen Hamilton (Sybil), Benedict Holme (Basil) and Anthony Sottile (Manuel) started the tour in sunny Perth for the Fringe World festival.


They didn’t hang around too long as it was 32 degrees Celsius (a moderately warm day for Perth) and Mrs Faulty kept complaining her face was melting off. They stayed in Perth at Rigby’s Bar and Bistro for just over 3 weeks- plenty of time for Sybil to make some new friends and Basil some enemies…

Next stop was the Adelaide Fringe Festival. The team were expecting sweltering heat but rather they had to go out and buy jumpers (yes, even the Brits!). The team had a wonderful time at the new venue spending just over a month at The Ambassadors Hotel. As per tradition, Karen left behind a signed gnome for the venue to cherish.

After a short break the team arrived in Melbourne for the International Comedy Festival. A city known for its culture and nightlife, here’s Mrs Faulty finding Basil and Manuel in the belly dancers dressing room – “Manuel put that down!”

With Easter fast approaching Mrs Faulty took Basil and Manuel shopping in the city. Basil was less than amused taking the tram…

The team proudly celebrated its 6th year at The Aegean Restaurant and the end of the tour with an Easter feast! Food and wine was enjoyed by all, but perhaps a little too much chocolate for Manuel!

After nearly 3 months interstate the whole team were happy to head back home! Here are some of my highlights from the tour: Mrs Faulty sporting golfing trousers, Manuel flirting with a married woman and Mr Faulty truly losing it! Until next year Fringe World, Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival- thanks for having us!

Jaya – Festivals Manager

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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

A photo posted by @lardigs on

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Terence Frisch as Manuel at B’est Resaurant, Edinburgh Fringe performing a very careful and graceful headbutt. Thanks to Niger Asije at The New Current (@TheNewCurrent) for capturing this!


If you’re at Edinburgh Fringe Festival or any shows around the world, connect with us during performances using #FaultyTowersLive!

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Err Basil, I don’t think you should point at Sybil like that, you never know what might happen!


This week’s tweet of the week from Sarah-Jane (@newbarley) who came to see the show at The Grand Theatre (@Grand_Theatre), Blackpool in the UK!


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Introducing… Andy Foreman


Not many contemporary performers can claim to have worked with Bing Crosby and Morecambe and Wise, but this is how Andy Foreman started his career. Since then, he has featured in film, TV and theatre in the UK, Canada and Australia, and he continues to work as a Clown Doctor and scriptwriter. Andy began working with Faulty Towers The Dining Experience in 1997 and has been winning five-star reviews as Manuel ever since.

We asked Andy a little bit about himself and his character:

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

A:  I love seeing people cry with laughter.

Q2: Describe yourself in 3 words?

A: Quiet.

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

A: There were so many in the earlier years as we discovered what these characters could do in this setting, and how the audience would play along.

Ridiculous conversations with guests make me laugh. But I can’t repeat one, that’s why you have to be there.

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

A: We’re both emasculated but only I know what that means.

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

A: Fox. I look like the underdog but I’m getting lots of chicken. (Chicken’s a metaphor for good things, not women)


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

A: After two months on tour together, whoever the next one is!

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

A: If Manuel had to do it in English:

Emasculated Spanish waiter with nice ass would like to meat women.

Q8: What was your last tweet or Facebook status?

A: I just saw The Book Of Mormon and it was brilliant.


Q10: What don’t you leave home without?

A: My Tom Bihn ID bag, and a reason


Q11: Do you have any hidden talents?

A: No, they’re all on show. Except riding a unicycle.


Andy is currently performing at Charing Cross in London until the end of August. Check out our available dates if you’d like to see him!


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Thanks for helping Manuel out! He needs all the help he can get.


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Manuel is Looking for Love

Dashing Spanish waiter seeks compatible woman for romance in the English Riviera. Promises mishaps, misadventures and plenty of tales from Barcelona.


Manuel is looking for love this Valentine’s Day! Tired of constant abuse from Basil and advances from ‘continental’ chefs, he has decided to try and find himself a woman.

Despite the large amount of visitors to their hotel, Manuel has not had much luck in the love department and wishes to spend this year’s Valentines Day with someone other than his Siberian hamster. Basil has already banned any mention of the ‘V’ word this week (along with the mention of certain other things) and is extremely disapproving of his waiter’s desperate pursuits. Sybil has tried her best to help, even encouraging Manuel to sign up to a dating website. However, he seems to have had a bit of trouble setting up a profile and so recorded a video instead. Watch his appeal for love.

His general preferences in a woman:

–        Must be fond of pets

–        Under 5ft 2”

–        Ideally will speak basic Spanish

If you fit this description, or know someone that does, get in touch! You can tweet us with the hashtag #takemanuelout or message us on Facebook. If we get a lot of responses we might even have set up a Faulty Towers speed-dating event… although we won’t mention that to Basil!

 Follow us on Vine for more short video clips from behind the scenes. Username: @faultytowersdining

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