John Cleese pens new comedy starring Tessa Peake-Jones, Tony Gardner and Wendi Peters

John Cleese has penned a new adaptation of the classic comedy ‘Monsieur Chasse’ by Georges Feydeau called Bang Bang! which will tour the UK in 2020.

Described as ‘a delicious blend of French Farce and Fawlty Towers’ Bang Bang! will star Tessa Peake-Jones, best known to UK audiences for her role as Raquel in the iconic comedy Only Fools and Horses, former GP turned actor Tony Gardner (Last Tango in Halifax, My Parents are Aliens, Struck off and Die) and Wendi Peters (better known for Cilla Battersby in Coronation Street).

John Cleese said “Farce is my greatest love – Fawlty Towers consisted of 12 farces – and I think UK audiences will love this hilarious classic.”

The comedy centres on a respectable lady who finds her husband might not be as devoted as he pretends. Vowing to take revenge on her philandering husband, what ensues is a door-slamming, trouser-dropping, balcony-climbing night of chaos set amidst the stylish apartments of Paris.

The play is directed by Daniel Buckroyd, Artistic Director & Chief Executive at Exeter Northcott Theatre, with design by David Shields, lighting by David W Kidd and is produced by Dermot McLaughlin Productions.

Daniel Buckroyd said “We’re thrilled to be working with this fantastic team to launch this first UK tour of Bang Bang! here at the Northcott Theatre; partly because it’s such a funny script and we’ve assembled such a great cast, but also because regional producing venues are the life-blood of UK theatre – developing talent, growing audiences, providing the beating heart of a vibrant creative regional city like Exeter – so we’re proud to be flying the flag for theatre ‘Made in Devon’ across the country.”

The production will open at Exeter Northcott Theatre from 6 – 15 February 2020 followed by dates at Theatr Clwyd Mold​ (18 – 22 Feb), New Theatre Peterborough (25 – 29 Feb), Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford (03 – 07 Mar), Wyvern Theatre Swindon (24 – 28 Mar), Palace Theatre Westcliff on Sea (31 Mar – 04 Apr), Ashcroft Playhouse Croydon (06 – 11 Apr), Orchard Theatre Dartford (14 – 18 Apr), Devonshire Park Theatre (20th – 25 Apr) and Festival Theatre Malvern (​05 – 09 May).

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