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The Faulty Towers Dining Experience @ Charing Cross Hotel

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Basil's back - sort of
Fawlty Towers is the stuff of legend.

Widely considered to be one of the greatest sit-coms of all time, the show was a hit with audiences from the airing of its very first episode way back in 1975.

Though many years have passed since the last of its 12 episodes was broadcast in 1979, the show lives on in the minds of its countless adoring fans who cringed and squirmed their way through each show as the hapless Basil Fawlty, the creation of comedy genius John Cleese, got himself into yet another unfathomably ridiculous and excruciatingly embarrassing fix. It was British farce at its best.

Unlike many TV shows of its time, Fawlty Towers has hardly dated, and, thanks to DVD editions, still gets as many laughs as it ever did – a testament to its fabulous writing, the work of Cleese and his then wife Connie Booth.

So how about this as an idea for a really quirky night out – the Faulty Towers Dining Experience. From 26th October to November 22nd, you can enjoy a meal at the Torquay Suite of the Charing Cross Hotel, served by Basil, Manuel and Sybil. Sort of.

It's a show and a meal rolled into one, put on by the Faulty Towers (yes, Faulty) theatre group. The show has been getting rave reviews everywhere it goes, and has sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the last five years.

Judging by videos on its website, the actor playing Basil Fawlty is surprisingly spot on with his impersonation – he can even do a perfect rendition of the silly walk from the climax of the Germans episode.

Over half the show is improvised, with the three actors reacting to unfolding events during the meal, while some tried and tested routines are guaranteed to entertain.

Tickets may seem pricey at £43.50 and £49.50, but if you keep in mind you'll be getting a three-course meal and two hours of borderline-bonkers entertainment, it suddenly starts to sound a lot more reasonable. One word of advice – try not to choke on your food when you burst out laughing half way through your starter.

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Why? It could be the funniest dinner you ever have.
When: 26th October to 22nd December, 2012.
Phone: 0845 1544 145
Where: Charing Cross Hotel, Strand, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5HX,
Cost: £43.50: Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday evenings, plus Saturday and Sunday matinées. £49.50: Friday and Saturday evenings.
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