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Faulty Towers the Dining Experience
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Faulty Towers The Dining Experience
Ranked #14 of 360 Concerts & Shows in London
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Touring over 20 countries a year and with a permanent London West End residency too, this critically acclaimed show has been winning five-star reviews and standing ovations since 1997. It's 'a two-hour eat, drink and laugh sensation!' (Daily Telegraph). The fun starts as the audience wait to be seated and then hurtles along as they become diners in that infamous hotel. Meanwhile, Basil, Sybil and Manuel aspire to be their warring waiters, serving a 3-course meal with a good dollop of mayhem. This is fully immersive, highly improvised, site-specific comedy theatre at its best - and because only a third of show is scripted, performances are always fresh. Expect all the best gags and 'a rip-roaringly hilarious night out' (This Is London). Just don't mention the war! - 'Outstanding! (Fringe Review) - 'Uniquely enjoyable... A worthy alternative to some of the West End's other shows... It will have you raving' (Britain Magazine) - 'Deliciously entertaining from start to finish, this is not to be missed.' (What's on London) - 'Fantastic!' (What's on Stage)
Reviewed July 27, 2014

Birthday surprise from my wife and we attended a Saturday afternoon 13:30 performance. Firstly what a lovely plush hotel the Charring Cross is. My review will not contain spoilers but will give you a flavour. The event starts in the bar (like many episodes) with Basil and Sybil suitable arguing and organising the hotel bar staff as regards drinks. Manuel is present mingling with you / working and a lot is made of instructions where the words have two meanings. Prepare to be touched, manipulate, moved, and moved to laughter.

Using themes and subjects from many episodes with their own scripts you are seated and our soup was served. The food was of a high quality so you do actually get a very good meal unlike the food on the TV series. Manuels approach to service as you might expect is below par and he is in need of training. Food will arrive at your table (not served as such) and from all different directions. People that have previously worked in a hotel restaurant will cringe at what goes on.

It shows that all actors have studied the characters well.
Basil - Holding crown of nose, with twitchy frustrated fingers. The fast walking, the panic.
Sybil - Nice manner trying to smile and organise / criticise Basil. That classic laugh was bang on from the actress.
Manuel - Poor understanding of service, jumping into instructions. Spanish / English language mix. And the beatings and cartoon violence were suburb.

There were many families there and the language is of BBC broadcast standards as per the episodes. Young and old were not spared. You will be involved, bread may fly, you may be touched, sat on, pulled, organised, rushed.

At the end of it however you will have been fed, and like me thinking this is one of the best things you have ever been to.

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Reviewed July 26, 2014

Staying at the Charing Cross Hotel, I decided to indulge in this experience. The actors had the TV characters down to a tee - John Cleese would be proud! The show was hilarious and the food was surprisingly good. Just a shame about the table of bores I was stuck with who didn't seem to get the jokes.

Thank Anne363
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Reviewed July 24, 2014

Loved this, if you haven't been to see this, book up for some slap stick fun to cheer your life up..food weren't bad and it was very reasonably priced.

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Reviewed July 24, 2014

The cast were really talented and true to the original. It was a really enjoyable, laugh a minute performance. The meal was adequate. One member of our group had not seen faulty towers and he did not get many of the jokes, but if you are a fan, I would thoroughly recommend it.

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Reviewed July 24, 2014

Looking for a different dining experience we headed to the Charing Cross Hotel. Arriving in how shall we say Good Time we retired to a very nice bar on the first floor, and devoured a not so badly priced Moet and a few Cosmopolitans... We were then greeted and dispatched to the reception area for the dining experience. Instantly we were transported back to the the 70's to Torquay in Devon and the laughter started. Can give away to much but in the company of Basil Sybil and of course the Spanish Legend Manuell we had a typical Faulty Towers Luncheon. Staring at the typical dish of the day Chicken my heart sank a little but then the real surprise it was tasty dam tasty and with a good bottle of claret a great deal of laughter we all enjoyed on of the best Sunday Lunches before returning back to the smoke of the City of London

Thank Peter B
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