The Goon Show returns

The Goon Show

“Absolutely, utterly, 100% unmissable!” – The Goon Show Preservation Society (GSPS)

Relive the lunacy of Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe as Seagoon, Eccles, Bluebottle, Major Bloodnok and Minnie uncover the dark secret of THE HOUSE OF TEETH, while a devilish case of Government misspending reveals a seemingly impossible invention in THE JET-PROPELLED GUIDED NAAFI.

Birmingham Comedy Festival and Fred Theatre present a rare chance to see two classic Milligan radio scripts for The Goon Show performed on stage, complete with full cast, live sound effects and jazz band.

Taking to the stage in the iconic roles of The Goons are Richard Usher as Sellers, Mark Earby as Spike, and Stephan Bessant as Secombe, aided by Phil Hemming as Wallace Greenslade/ The Announcer.

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 – and they can still be heard on BBC radio today, 60 years later!

First broadcast in 1956, The House Of Teeth and The Jet-Propelled Guided NAAFI are filled with the familiar characters and surreal humour that made The Goons such a huge success.

A sell-out success at 2014’s Birmingham Comedy Festival, the show can be seen at Stratford-upon Avon’s Bear Pit Theatre (Wednesday 8 to Friday 10 February 2017, Wed, Thu, Fri 7.30pm, Thu 2.30pm), followed by performances at mac Birmingham (Saturday 11 February, 2.30pm and 7.30pm), and Shrewsbury’s Henry Tudor House (Sunday 12 February, 8pm).

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For more information, see: www.bhamcomfest.co.uk

The Goon Show cast (Feb 2017)

LISTINGS:

Wednesday 8 to Friday 10 February 2017
The Bear Pit Theatre, Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6LU
Tel: 01789 403416
www.thebearpit.org.uk
Wed, Thu, Fri 7.30pm, Thu 2.30pm
£12-£15

Saturday 11 February 2017
mac Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH
Tel: 0121 446 3232
macbirmingham.co.uk
2.30pm and 7.30pm
£15

Sunday 12 February 2017
Henry Tudor House, Barracks Passage, Shrewsbury SY1 1XA
Tel: 01743 361666
henrytudorhouse.com
8pm
£12

Details: www.bhamcomfest.co.uk

ABOUT THE SCRIPTS:

THE HOUSE OF TEETH: It’s a dark stormy night and 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 …

[The Goon Show: number 145; series 6, episode 20;
first broadcast on 31 January 1956]

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 – sixty thousand gallons of tea and twelve tons of buttered crumpets – the plans for which cannot fall into enemy hands. Or can they?

[The Goon Show: number 144; series 6, episode 19;
first broadcast on 24 January 1956]

Written by Spike Milligan.

NOTES FOR EDITORS:

Cast and production team are available for interviews, including email Q&As, phoners, radio (inc ISDN) etc.

A limited number of review tickets are available for key performances.

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