Don’t mention the war – Fawlty Towers live at Metro Theatre

The cast for Metro Theatre's production of three episodes of the classic British sitcom Fawlty Towers.

The cast for Metro Theatre’s production of three episodes of the classic British sitcom Fawlty Towers.

Few comedy fans would disagree that Fawlty Towers is one of the best British sitcoms ever. Anyone who’s watched hotel owner Basil Fawlty (played impeccably by John Cleese, also the co-writer and creator of the show) splutter and fume over the latest indignity brought on by his own misanthropy has seen pure comedy gold in action.

Now you can relive the series live. From Oct. 31 to Nov. 21, Vancouver’s Metro Theatre is presenting its take on three classic episodes (though, really, all 12 are classic) from the series, which originally aired in 1975. So which three episodes can theatre audiences see?

The Hotel Inspectors – From the media release description: “Basil hears of hotel inspectors roaming Torquay incognito, and realizes with horror that the guest he has been verbally abusing could easily be one of them.”

Waldorf Salad – “An American couple arrives at the hotel late at night expecting to be served a hot dinner. But with the chef off for the night, Basil is forced to make the dinner himself. Things get even more complicated when the two Americans begin ordering meals that Basil has never heard of.” This is the one where Basil puts his foot deeper and deeper into his mouth, especially when he turns literary critic and insults his guest’s taste by dissing bestselling American author Harold Robbins. “Harold Robbins? Harold ROBBINS? I thought you said, ‘Harold Robinson!'”

The Germans – “A moose head to be hung, a fire drill to be conducted, and German guests are all a bit much for Basil to handle with Sybil in hospital for an ingrown toenail.” This is the one where Basil reminds his staff (the put-upon housemaid Polly and Spanish waiter Manuel) not to mention the war in front of their German guests, and of course proceeds himself to do just that.

Basil Fawlty (John Cleese) trying (unsuccessfully) to not bring up World War II in front of German hotel guests.

Basil Fawlty (John Cleese) trying (unsuccessfully) to not bring up World War II in front of German hotel guests.

This is the second go Metro Theatre is having at the series, and the new run includes returning cast members Chris Dellinger (Basil), Martha Ansfield-Scrase (Sybil) and Tom Kavadias (Manuel), with newcomer Simone Swan (Polly).

Tickets are $24 for adults, $21 for seniors/students. For tickets call 604-266-7191 or visit tickets.metrotheatre.com. Metro Theatre is located at 1370 SW Marine Dr.

Watch a compilation of top 10 Fawlty Towers moments here.

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