John Cleese's Fawlty Towers stage show heads to New Zealand

After rave reviews internationally, a stage version Fawlty Towers is hitting New Zealand.

With a fresh new cast chosen by creator and co-writer John Cleese, Fawlty Towers – Live is based on the much loved 1970s BBC television series written by Cleese and Connie Booth.

The show will touch down in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in February 2017.

John Cleese as Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers 70 TV show.

John Cleese as Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers 70 TV show.

Australian actor Stephen Hall plays the manic and snobbish hotel manager Basil Fawlty, originally played by Cleese, one of the most memorable characters in British comedy history.

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Fawlty Towers – Live is the first official stage adaptation by Cleese himself, and utilises some of his own personal favourite moments from the show.

Australian actor Stephen Hall plays Basil Fawlty, originally played by Cleese, who write the stage show.

Australian actor Stephen Hall plays Basil Fawlty, originally played by Cleese, who write the stage show.

Following a tipoff that hotel inspectors may be visiting, Fawlty attempts to ingratiate himself with guests that he suspects are critics of the establishment.

Fawlty Towers – Live heads here off the back of its Australian tour dates, where it has been described as "a triumph" by the AU Review, which cautioned "you will laugh until it hurts."

The Sun (UK) said  the show was "a two hour romp of high-farce fun and frolics", praising Hall's rendition of Basil Fawlty.

Tickets go on sale October 20 at Ticketmaster for Auckland and Ticketek for Wellington and Christchurch.

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Fawlty Towers – Live dates

Auckland, Bruce Mason Centre, February 3-18

Christchurch, Isaac Theatre Royal, February 21-March 4

Wellington, St. James Theatre, March 7-March 19.

 - Stuff

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