John Cleese to Bring Fawlty Towers to the Australian Stage

News   John Cleese to Bring Fawlty Towers to the Australian Stage
Producers Michael Coppel, Philip McIntyre and Louise Withers have announced that they will present the world premiere of John Cleese’s stage adaptation of "Fawlty Towers," which is set to tour Australia and New Zealand, beginning in August 2016.

Fawlty Towers – Live on Stage will be based on the popular and long-running BBC-TV series written by Cleese and Connie Booth. It is being adapted for the stage by Cleese, with direction by Caroline J. Ranger and set design by Liz Ascroft. Performances are set to kick off Aug. 19, 2016, at Sydney's Roslyn Packer Theatre. Ticketing information has not yet been released, but theatregoers can find out more online at

"There have been many requests in the past 40 years to adapt 'Fawlty Towers' for the stage. I now sense the time is right and I’d like my Aussie actor friends to be my collaborators on the world premiere of this epoch-shattering event, a watershed in the history of Australian theatrical culture. Or not," Cleese told

Cleese, who created the show, also starred as its lead, hotel owner Basil Fawlty. "Fawlty Towers" followed his various misadventures, accidents and strained relationships with guests. It won the BAFTA twice, in 1976 and 1980 for Best Situation Comedy.

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