The classic ITV hit comedy of the 70s, Rising Damp is brought vividly to life on stage in a brand new production written by Eric Chappell and directed by original cast member Don Warrington coming to the New Victoria Theatre, Woking from Mon 1 - Sat 6 July.
Set in a run-down Victorian house, the show follows Rupert Rigsby and his variety of tenants who rent out his shabby bedsits in arguably the seediest boarding house that England has to offer. His unluckly tenants include Ruth Jones, an administrator at the university, Alan, a medical student, and Philip, who is studying town and country planning. 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.
Brought to the stage by the same producers who revived Victoria Wood’s dinnerladies and BBC’s Bird of a Feather, the production has the writing talents of Eric Chappell who took up full time writing in 1973 after his first stage play, The Banana Box, was produced at the Apollo Theatre, London. The play later inspired the classic TV comedy Rising Damp, winner of the BAFTA award for best situation comedy. In 1979 Eric's screen version won the Evening Standard Film award for best comedy. Other television successes include The Squirrels, The Bounder, Home to Roost (all of which won PYE TV awards), Only When I Laugh, Duty Free, Singles, Fiddlers Three and Haggard.
Don Warrington is best known for having played the part of Philip Smith in Rising Damp alongside Leonard Rossiter and Richard Beckinsale. Don has starred in many television series including Red Dwarf, The Crouches and the BBC drama Casualty. He has performed with the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Bristol Old Vic and has recently toured in the role Hoke Coleburn in the award-winning production of Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy. As soon as this tour of Rising Damp opens he starts filming the third series of BBC TV’s Death in Paradise which will air later this year. Don was also in the sixth series of Strictly Come Dancing and partnered Lilia Kopylova.
Don’t miss your chance to enjoy an evening of nostalgia and laughs!