Faulty Towers the Dining Experience
  • By Rose Reade
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  • 5th Aug 2016
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  • ★★★★
  • 3844

Running since 1997, Faulty Towers the Dining Experience has become a Fringe staple and international success. This year, Interactive Theatre International bring a new cast to B’est Restaurant in Edinburgh and give the show a new lease on life. Benedict Holme, Suzanna Hughes and Oliver Harrison (as Basil, Sybil, and Manuel respectively) re-create our favourite characters to an extraordinary level of detail, whether it is restaurant owner and waiter running circles round each other, or in their interactions with individual audience members.

A multi-sensory experience, from the smell of the food, to the noise of smashing plates in the kitchen and the cramped tables

At times it is difficult to see, as the restaurant is quite cramped, but that only adds to the immersion of the experience. You really do feel like you have been transported into John Cleese and Connie Booth’s much-loved BBC series. Though it must be stated that Cleese and Booth have nothing to do with the Dining Experience and in a BBC article in March, stated that he thought it was a “shameless rip-off”.

It really is a multi-sensory experience, from the smell of the food, to the noise of smashing plates in the kitchen and the cramped tables, Faulty Towers the Dining Experience is not for the faint-hearted, or for those who have never heard of Fawlty Towers, but is a two-hour extravaganza of food, fun and laughter. 

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The Blurb

Basil, Sybil and Manuel return to serve yet more mayhem and a three-course meal in this ‘two hour eat, drink and laugh sensation’ (Daily Telegraph). The fun starts as you wait to be seated. From then on, expect the unexpected because only a third of the show is scripted. ‘Make no mistake, there is so much ad-libbing, improvisation, and magical moments here, that Faulty Towers is definitely a more than once must dine experience. No two shows are alike.’ (Independent Daily) Internationally acclaimed and with a London West End residency too, booking is essential.