Rising Damp, for all its political in-correctness, was one of the iconic comedy greats of 1970’s television.
Set in a seedy bedsit, run by the sexist, racist, and miserly landlord Rigsby, its stars – Leonard Rossiter, Don Warrington, Frances de la Tour, Richard Beckinsale became household names.
Now the Eric Chappell comedy is back in a touring stage production that comes to Dunstable’s Grove Theatre on July 10-12.
Rising Damp, inspired by Chappell’s play The Banana Box, firmly cements its place in the television hall of fame as one of the most popular British sitcoms of all time.
Although the last episode aired 36 years ago, the show is still well-loved by many with a huge fan base.
Rising Damp won a BAFTA award for best sitcom and went onto win the Evening Standard film award for best comedy in 1979.
Now, the Comedy Theatre Company, producers of the stage versions of Victoria Wood’s Dinnerladies and BBC TV’s Birds of a Feather, have revived ITV’s top comedy of all time in a brand new stage production
The story is set in the seediest and most run-down boarding house in a northern university town and run by Rupert Rigsby.
The ragtag collection of quirky tenants include spinster Ruth Jones, an unhappy administrator desperate for male attention; Alan, a socially inept medical student and Philip, an emotionally intelligent and elegantly spoken student who claims to be the son of an African prince.
Between them, Alan and Philip are the focus and foil of the majority of Rigsby’s many prejudices, usually at the expense of his dignity and standing in the eyes of Miss Jones with whom he is hopelessly and pathetically in love with.
Remaining tour dates:
June 23-25, Opera House, Buxton
June 26-28, Marina Theatre, Lowestoft
June 20-July 4, Playhouse Theatre, Whitley Bay
July 7-9, The Capitol Theatre, Horsham
July 10-12 Grove Theatre, Dunstable
July 14-16, Floral Pavilion, New Brighton
July 17-19, Playhouse Theatre, Weston Super Mare.