Last Updated on 23rd May 2022
Spike UK Tour – Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s comedy starring John Dagleish as Spike Milligan will tour in late 2022.
Spike UK Tour 2022
Olivier Award-winning actor John Dagleish (Sunny Afternoon, Farming, The Third Day) will reprise his critically acclaimed role as ‘Spike Milligan’ this autumn, as SPIKE – the comedy by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman that had its world premiere at The Watermill in January – tours the UK.
It’s 1950s austerity Britain, and out of the gloom comes Goon mania as men, women and children across the country scramble to get their ear to a wireless for another instalment of The Goon Show. While Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers get down to the serious business of becoming overnight celebrities, fellow Goon and chief writer Spike finds himself pushing the boundaries of comedy and testing the patience of the BBC.
Flanked by his fellow Goons and bolstered by the efforts of irrepressible sound assistant Janet, Spike takes a flourishing nosedive off the cliffs of respectability and mashes up his haunted past to create the comedy of the future. His war with Hitler may be over, but his war with Auntie Beeb – and ultimately himself – has just begun.
Will Spike’s dogged obsession with finding the funny elevate The Goons to soaring new heights, or will the whole thing come crashing down with the stroke of a potato peeler?
Ian Hislop and Nick Newman said, “It’s a privilege to take ‘Spike’ on tour, exploring the genius of Britain’s most inspirational and ground-breaking comedian. And of course, it’s another chance to steal all his jokes and pass them off as our own. Spike Milligan may be Goon, but he’s not forgotten.”
John Dagleish said, “I’m so thrilled to be playing Spike Milligan again and take this fantastically funny play around the country in what will be my first ever touring production. Such a brilliant script, with a wonderfully talented cast, celebrating the life and work of one of the all-time comedy greats.”
The Watermill production of Spike is produced by Karl Sydow, Trademark Films, PW Productions and Anthology Theatre.
The Spike UK Tour will be directed by Watermill Artistic Director Paul Hart, with design by Katie Lias, lighting design by Rory Beaton. The Composer is Tayo Akinbode with sound design by Tom Marshall. Anjali Mehra is Movement Director and Ruth Sullivan is the Foley Sound Consultant.
Full casting will be announced shortly.
SPIKE – WHAT THE CRITIC’S SAID
“John Dagleish, looking very like a mid-period Jonathan Miller, is superb as Spike, inhabiting both the miseries and the fun with sly, audience-aware glances and drop-dead gags.”
Libby Purves – TheatreCat ✭✭✭✭
Spike UK Tour Dates
6 – 10 September 2022
Malvern Festival Theatre
13 – 17 September 2022
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford
20 – 24 September 2022
27 September – 1 October 2022
4 – 8 October 2022
Theatre Royal Brighton
11 – 15 October 2022
Waterside Theatre Aylesbury
25 – 29 October 2022
Glasgow Kings Theatre
1 – 5 November 2022
8 – 12 November 2022
15 – 19 November 2022
New Theatre Cardiff
22 – 26 November 2022