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Behind The Scenes Of Fawlty Towers

I think we're just out of Waldorfs ...



We've just been constructing the set for Fawlty Towers. The plans for the set, which include upstairs scenes have been prepared, and blueprints of how it all fits together have been drawn up by the set designers months in advance of us moving in ...

We'll be ready for technical and dress rehearsals by Sunday!

We'll be ready for technical and dress rehearsals by Sunday!

But there's nothing like the day of the set build to see if it all works. We have one day in which to 'get in' and have everything set up and ready for stage rehearsals,

Firstly, we bring it all in. There's metre high staging for the bedrooms and all the flats used to build the different rooms, plus a variety of props such as a laundry basket which has to be rolled around with Manuel in it. We need to check if it gets through the doors. We have a dead body to drag about so is there enough room for that in the corridors?

"How do they get him downstairs without really killing him? Can the audience see everything?"

There's a great deal to do on the get in day to check all will be well with the 5 days rehearsal that the actors have on the set. It's not long, so we can do without any hiccups.

Behind the scenes are the lighting designers, the sound man, the props department and in one day it needs to be ready for the set to be decorated, the costumes to come in, the makeup, the actors and all the rest of the team which go to making a production work.

And ultimately, when you the audience get here, you will see scenes like this taking place in a smooth running, and in this case, last ever visit to Fawlty Towers for the MK Theatre of Comedy.

Yesterday went very smoothly in matter of fact. The set men were on top of it, calmly building away. The occasional trip to B&Q, a cup of tea here and there, no problems at all. The lighting team had everything in place and we beavered around checking sightlines and looking for any possible mishaps that could take place in this fast running farce, where there is no room at all for error. It's all on track.

On Monday - the day I'm writing this - the actors will come in for a walk through the whole production where copious notes will be given on stage 'Business'. They have 5 days in which to get this right.

They're all 'Off' the scripts by the time they walk into the venue, so working with MKTOC is no easy feat for an actor, but all of our actors are superb and the main cast have all played the roles in our earlier visits to the famous Fawlty Towers.

The guest roles are played by actors who we have worked with or seen in other productions, and so it will be a truly brilliant show. They have Saturday the 12th off and then a technical and dress rehearsal on Sunday the 13th September and it opens on Monday 14th September at 19.30.

"We're 70% sold now, but there are tickets available on all days bar Friday which is completely sold out and Saturday has only a few left."

Do come along and see a great show in action locally, you can get your tickets by following this link. This is teamwork at it's best.

See you at the bar after the show ... I'll be the one with the hat on looking worried.

Until next time ...


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More about David Pibworth ...

David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.

Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.

He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.

He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.

He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.

David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.

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