Don’t Mention the War

There are many delicious-looking movies and television shows it would be fun to insert yourself into. Who wouldn’t want to slurp noodles at the counter of the shop in Tampopo or go into chocolate ecstasy in Willy Wonka’s factory?

But who would want to dine at Basil Fawlty’s down-at-the-heels seaside hotel? Apparently lots of people, judging by the success of Fawlty Towers: The Dining Experience, a mostly improvised dinner theater that you don’t even have to go to Torquay to experience. Instead, it’s running now at the B’est Restaurant as part of the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.

According to the UK Independent, the show stars Basil, Sybil, and Manuel impersonators who roam through the restaurant making comedy that’s inspired by the classic TV show while avoiding directly quoting from it. (Although, the piece notes, there is “exaggerated goose-stepping.”)

As long as there isn’t a rat in the ratatouille.

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