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by Andy Coleman (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Birmingham. I like Classic Rock, 70s pop music, football and interviewing celebrities. Follow me on Twitter: @andycoleman9
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Classic radio comedy - live on stage
The Goons may be gone but they are far from forgotten. Fifty seven years after the final radio episode of the original Goon Show series was transmitted, the zany humour of Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe is being recreated at Birmingham MAC.

Two classic 1956 Spike Milligan scripts, The House of Teeth and The Jet-Propelled Guided NAAFI, will be presented live on the MAC stage on February 11, 2017. The show also visits The Bear Pit at Stratford-upon-Avon (February 8 – 10) and Henry Tudor House, Shrewsbury (February 12).

The Goons, Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe, Peter Sellers, Birmingham MAC, Henry Tudor House, Bear Pit Theatre
Goons: Mark Earby, Phil Hemming, Richard Usher, Stephan Bessant


The Goon Show re-wrote the rules of British comedy during the 1950s, attracting radio audiences of around seven million and paving the way for Monty Python, Eddie Izzard, Steve Coogan and The Mighty Boosh. Even royalty tuned in to the radio broadcasts – Prince Charles is known to be an avid fan.

Bringing the show to life in 2017 are Mark Earby as Spike Milligan, Richard Usher as Peter Sellers, Stephan Bessant as Harry Secombe and Phil Hemming as the announcer/ Wallace Greenslade.

A jazz band, including pianist Jane Allin and double bassist Nick Wiltshire, will provide the music.

The Goons, Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe, Peter Sellers, Birmingham MAC, Henry Tudor House, Bear Pit Theatre


The House of Teeth is set on a dark stormy night. The intrepid Lord Seagoon, on a sight-seeing trip in his horse-drawn motor car, finds himself at the door of a mysterious castle. Inside, a trail of hideous screams and toothless men in brown paper nightshirts lead him to the notorious Café Filthmuck where the dark secret of The House Of Teeth and the ghoulish Dr Londongle is finally revealed.

In The Jet-Propelled Guided NAAFI a case of gross Government misspending is uncovered by strolling Prime Minister of no fixed address, Seagoon. Further investigation reveals details of a seemingly impossible top secret weapon with a fiendish payload – 60,000 gallons of tea and 12 tons of buttered crumpets – the plans for which cannot fall into enemy hands. Or can they?

The Goons, Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe, Peter Sellers, Birmingham MAC, Henry Tudor House, Bear Pit Theatre


The Goon Show scripts mixed ludicrous plots with surreal humour, puns, catchphrases and an array of bizarre sound effects. Many elements of the show satirised contemporary life in Britain, parodying aspects of show business, commerce, industry, art, politics, diplomacy, the police, the military, education, class structure, literature and film.

The characters, who became household names, included Neddie Seagoon (Secombe), Eccles (Milligan) and Bluebottle (Sellers).

There were also the inevitable catchphrases - ''He's fallen in the water'', "You can't park 'ere, mate" and "Ying Tong Iddle I Po".
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Why? Classic radio comedy live on stage
When: February 8 - 12, 2017
Phone: 0121 446 3232 (Birmingham MAC)
Where: Birmingham MAC, Stratford-upon-Avon The Bear Pit Theatre and Shrewsbury Henry Tudor House
Cost: From £12 plus fees
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...and there's another Goon Show revisited show in Australia, The Goon Show LIVE! which has been running since 2013;www.goonshow.com.au
by talk2 (score: 0|2) 282 days ago
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