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22 Nov 2022 - 26 Nov 2022
19:30 - 21:45
New Theatre, Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3LNGoogle map
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 Milligan 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?
SPIKE is an absurdly funny new play by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman (The Wipers Times, Trial By Laughter, A Bunch of Amateurs) that delves into the inner workings of one of our most unique and brilliantly irreverent comedy minds.
Robert Wilfort (Gavin and Stacey) will play Spike, Patrick Warner and Jeremy Lloyd (Mischief Theatre) will play Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe with TV comedienne and podcaster Margaret Cabourn-Smith as Janet.
There will also be a Q&A with Ian Hislop and Nick Newman after the Tuesday night performance. (subject to their availability)