Only Fools The (cushty) Dining Experience is now open! Can you believe it? We’ve been eagerly awaiting its debut, and excited to share the news with you. Officially on its first ever UK tour and about to open its London West End residency, we can now spill the tea on all the finer details of the show…
We know that our original experience – the much-loved, globetrotting show, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience – is a hard act to follow, but early indications are that our Fools will give it a run for its money…
Set out in the same format as Faulty, Only Fools The (cushty) Dining Experience offers a 2-hour show and a 3-course meal. It’s a completely immersive experience, set in The Nags Head pub. It involves a whole lot of improv and welcomes audience participation… our kind of fun! It also involves every major character you love from the TV series. The fun part is spreading eight characters across four performers… but we never shy away from a challenge.
Earlier on this month, before we officially sent it away on tour, ITI held a scratch night with friends and family of the company as a test evening – looking for feedback from our trusted (and talented) community. That was also the first time many members of the company had seen the show since it started development.
We were led upstairs to this small East Dulwich pub… Everyone was a little nervous, not knowing what to expect and some never having even seen TV’s Only Fools & Horses at all… But boy! What a great night we had!! The show was an absolute smash hit.
And of course, with an audience full of performers we had some fiercely competitive audience participation moments. At one point a whole group of people were up, ready to race across the room to collect plates from their tables.
Everyone shared a very basic meal (we promise your meal will be a real one) and laughed the whole evening away. Characters upon characters kept coming out and delighting everyone – even characters we thought for sure wouldn’t make it in. Highlights of the evening included Uncle Albert singing up a storm; a sham pub quiz (that actually got tricky at the end); a broken washing machine; a hopeful pregnancy, and a surprise engagement at the end! The pub quiz winners even got special recognition for their excellence…
Since that scratch night, OFTCDE has been out on tour to some of its new venues! Old friends of ITI, The Ardington Hotel in Worthing and Aspers Casino Northampton were the first to host our latest creative baby – on 20 and 21 September respectively. We are thrilled to say that reviews for both shows have been absolutely outstanding! Here is a link to some audience reactions!
And in more exciting news
We’re kicking off our Only Fools London West End residency (WOO HOO) on 5 October 2018 at the Raddisson Blu Edwardian Grafton in Tottenham Court Road!! Just like Faulty, we are hoping this residency will be long-lasting and deeply-loved. Tickets are currently on sale up until Christmas, with tickets for 2019 open soon.
It truly is as fantastic and full of energy as our classic Faulty Towers show, and so full of heart and soul from everyone here at ITI.
All that’s left to say is you’d be a plonker to miss it! 😉