Recently I wrote about a fabulous show that I had been to called The Wedding Reception run by Interactive Theatre International. These guys also have another interactive theatre show which is very popular ‘Faulty Towers the Dining Experience’. I will admit when I first heard about this I was extremely excited about going to see the show as I had watched Fawlty Towers religiously as a child and remembered it was pretty hilarious at the time. If like me you remember watching and loving the show then this is the show for you. For anyone that isn’t aware of the show then it’s about an extremely rude hotel owner, his super bossy wife and their Spanish waiter Manuel whose grasp of the English language is very poor and so he is forever misunderstanding what is asked of him leading to hilarious consequences.
Diners are greeted in the drinks room by Basil and his wife Sibel. Manuel appears to help the guests with whatever Basil commands of him (or at least his translation). Putting away guests glasses is of course misunderstood by Manuel who then proceeds to go around collecting eye glasses off amused guests.
After a few more hilarious misunderstandings guests are ushered out of the room along with Miguel to their designated tables to be seated for their 70s style 3 course meal
The dining room is nice and spacious and were not not packed onto the tables too tightly. You could see Manuel had been setting the tables, oh dear, anyone else need a knife too?
Sibel goes from table to table checking diners food preferences (vegetarian or normal?) and having a little chat and gossip with the guests too. Basil attempts to ask Manuel to serve the bread rolls, be warned you will be expected to catch this part of your meal!
The tomato soup starter (you don’t have to catch this thankfully) was full of flavour, as with their other show the food is a prop although the food here was a little better than at the other hotel and the dessert here was fantastic (it had to have it’s own mention it was that good.).
May I suggest you check your soup before eating it!
Whilst we ate the actors walked, ran etc. around the room continuing their comical performances, there was a scene with a rat, Basil was put in his plaice (not a typo check the photo) by Sibel and more. Each of the actors did a wonderful job of breathing life back into the characters and introducing new generations to the show too. The age range of diners was varied, some were friends on a day out, other families, some with young ish children others with older children. There is some bad language but not it’s not continuous throughout the show so you can get away with taking slightly older children or mini ones that wouldn’t pick up on it.
When Sibel goes around the tables to find food preferences she also asks diners if they are celebrating any special occasions. At the end of the show those celebrating events are mentioned which was a nice touch. On my table was a sweet young lady called Vicky who was celebrating her 18th Birthday, of course she got a mention and she kindly posed for a photo with Sibel for me.
I don’t want to give too much away but for fans of the show and those wanting to experience something a bit different this is a wonderful choice. It’s a very popular dhow with hundreds of thousands having already seen it and even people I know have been planning on seeing this (I didn’t know until I mentioned I was going). The show is into its fourth year in London’s West End and it holds TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for its 6 shows a week residency at Amba Hotel Charing Cross (literally next to the station).
This is a must see.
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I was invited along to the show for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.