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Faulty Towers Dining Experience at Torquay Suite Theatre

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Basil will be your waiter this evening

Eating at a restaurant run by the likes of Basil Fawlty is probably an experience you'd expect most people would want to avoid. Apparently not.

Interactive Theatre International is a Professional Theatre Company based in Brisbane, Australia. Founded in 1997, their unique concept is to break the fourth wall between actor and audience. The first show Alison Pollard and Andy Foreman produced was The Faulty Towers Dining Experience, which is based on the 1970s British sitcom of the same name. Set in a hotel run by the snobbish misanthrope, Basil Fawlty, the most comedic moments occur during the restaurant scenes, in which unfortunate guests must endure the service of their disorganised waiter, Manuel.

The Faulty Towers Dining Experience is an immersive two-hour performance that includes a three-course meal served by Manuel, and hosted by Basil and his wife, Sybil. The show has been on an international tour since 2008, and you can see it in London up until June 2014 (bookings currently only available up to April). The show moves to various West End venues throughout the year, but at the moment, it is taking place at Charing Cross Hotel in the Torquay Suite Theatre. You can choose between a lunch (Saturdays), early dinner (Sundays), or standard dinner performance with tickets ranging from 47-54.

As the food is part of the show, dinner is set set menu of soup, a main (usually chicken), and a dessert, but they do cater for dietary requirements. Also, there is no need to worry about mishaps with your favourite suite or gown; getting a lap full of gazpacho in not part of the programme.
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Why? Fun at the theatre
When: Until 27th April
Phone: 0845 1544 145
Where: Torquay Suite Theatre
Cost: 47-54
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