Bang Bang UK Tour – A new farce by John Cleese

Bang Bang UK Tour announced. A new farce by John Cleese to be produced by the Exeter Northcott Theatre and Dermott McLaughlin opening in March 2020.

John Cleese Bang Bang UK TourExeter Northcott Theatre and Dermot McLaughlin Productions announce the Premiere UK Tour of Bang Bang! A new farce from John Cleese*, as he makes his stage writing debut with a hilarious new adaptation of this classic comedy.  A delicious blend of French Farce and Fawlty Towers.  Bang Bang!opens at Exeter Northcott Theatre on 6th February and tours until May. Cast will include Tessa Peake-Jones, Tony Gardner and Wendi Peters.

When Leontine, a respectable society lady, discovers that she’s been hoodwinked by her husband, Duchotel, who’s always pretending to go hunting but really chasing after other ‘prey’, she vows to take revenge on the philanderer! But while Duchotel’s away, his lifelong fried comes calling – and he’s on the hunt too. Will Leontine get caught in his sights, or instead set a trap of her own? Secrets unravel as the devilish Duchotel finds himself snared in a door-slamming, trouser-dropping, balcony-climbing night of chaos set amidst the stylish apartments of Paris.

Tessa Peake-Jones became a household name with her role as Raquel in the iconic comedy Only Fools and Horses. Her extensive stage work encompasses the National Theatre and RSC, recent credits include The Winslow Boy and Shirley Valentine.

Tony Gardner first made his name in comedy as part of the award-winning comedy duo Struck off and Die. Since then he has appeared on TV in roles ranging from My Parents are Aliens to Last Tango in Halifax and on stage in Alan Ayckbourn’s classic Bedroom Farce.

Wendi Peters is most widely known for her role as Cilla Battersby in Coronation Street and is currently appearing in the West End smash-hit musical Big.

Bang Bang UK Tour Cast

(*Mr Cleese does not appear in this production – he wanted to, but we wouldn’t let him)

John Cleese says “I am delighted to be working with Exeter Northcott Theatre and Dermot Mclaughlin to bring Bang Bang! to stages across the country with such a talented cast. Farce is my greatest love – Fawlty Towers consisted of 12 farces – and I think UK audiences will love this hilarious classic.”

Daniel Buckroyd, Artistic Director & Chief Executive at Exeter Northcott Theatre says “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.”

Dermot McLaughlin Productions, in association with Farces Galore Ltd presents the Exeter Northcott Production of Bang Bang!. Directed by Daniel Buckroyd with design from David Shields and lighting from David W Kidd.


The Bang Bang UK tour has now concluded.

6 – 15 February 2020
Northcott Theatre, Exeter

18 – 22 February 2020
Theatr Clwyd, Mold

25 – 29 February 2020
New Theatre, Peterborough

3 – 7 March 2020
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

24 – 28 March 2020
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

31 March – 4 April 2020
Palace Theatre, Westcliffe On Sea

6 – 11 April 2020
Ashcroft Playhouse, Croydon

14 – 18 April 2020
Orchard Theatre, Dartford

20 – 25 April 2020
Devonshire Park Theatre

5 – 9 May 2020
Festival Theatre, Malvern

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