Review: Fawlty Towers at the Everyman Open Air Theatre Festival

July 9, 2012 No Comments »

St Fagans National History Museum is home to the Everyman Open Air Festival throughout July and August. Here, yourCardiff guest blogger Amy Smith reviews this weekend’s performance of Fawlty Towers, and recommends you snap up tickets for the festival’s remaining shows.

On Saturday night I went to see the final production of Fawlty Towers, presented by Mr Moose as part of the Everyman Open Air Theatre Festival.

This particular production ran from July 3-7, clocking up a total of six performances in that time with the stage set at St Fagans National History Museum.

We were greeted by two characters at the door, Miss Tibbs and Miss Gatsby, who fans of the TV show will know, who complained about the weather, but welcomed us warmly.

Most of the audience was comprised of fans of the television show, where Basil Fawlty was made famous by John Cleese and the rest of the cast were familiar: these were big boots to fill.

The cast re-enacted three of the series’ memorable episodes – Waldorf Salad and Communication Problems from series two, and Hotel Inspectors from series one.

Michael Morgan, who played Basil Fawlty, did an extraordinary job in his role. His mannerisms, even his facial expressions, were spot on, and he assumed the look of Basil Fawlty so easily too.

At the end of the interval he and his wife Sybil Fawlty were on stage as the audience filed back in, and the improvised reaction to the audience was wonderful; he was so naturally Basil.

The supporting cast was fantastic too. The weather held off for them for the first act, and the audience was even lucky enough to have a dry interval, but the heavens opened for the second act. The audience sat in a marquee, so we stayed dry, but the cast were not so fortunate. In saying that though, you would not have known from the performance.

The only disappointment is that I can’t urge you to see the production for yourselves. However, the Everyman Open Air Theatre Festival is running until the August 4 and is yet to see productions of The Mikado and Twelfth Night and Pinocchio.

If this production is an indication as to the level of quality, I urge you to get your tickets now!

Details of the Everyman Open Air Theatre Festival can be found on the festival website.

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