Friday, 6 March 2015

"Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience", Sony Centre, Toronto, ON

Gord and I saw Faulty Towers:  The Dining Experience tonight ... he's a big fan of the series.

Direct from London's Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House!

"Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience" is an affectionate homage to "Fawlty Towers", the TV series written by John Cleese and Connie Booth.

With only a third of the show scripted, anything can happen as guests become diners in the ‘Fawlty Towers’ restaurant ... waited upon by Basil, Sybil and Manuel!

It's playing at the Sony Centre.


We'd bought VIP tickets, which was totally worth it. We had complimentary coat check and we could go to the VIP lounge upstairs before the show.

We got there a bit early ... more people arrived later on

We were given a gift bag that had a teeshirt inside.  What a nice surprise!


We were served complementary appetizers.

My fav was the Beef Wellington

Basil, Sybil and Manuel joined us before the show.  Sybil had gotten Basil tea but he obviously wasn't pleased with it.


Sybil is a bit of a tyrant (Basil called her a dragon behind her back) and let Basil know it was time to get us moving.


Manuel helped to serve the appies.


Basil made Sybil a cup of tea ... it may or may not have had arsenic in it.


Gord posed with Sybil, Manuel and Basil.


Basil escorted us downstairs and told everyone their table numbers (it was assigned seating).


Manuel helped Basil open a bottle of wine in an interesting manner.


Gord and I had ordered a bottle of white wine with our dinner ... we opened ours on our own.


There were 14 tables with ten people per table.  Basil, Sybil and Manuel spent a lot of time on the floor and there was always something going on.


Rather than putting a roll on my plate, Manuel misunderstood and rolled on my plate.


Then he understood.  Yep, that's my roll on my plate!


Basil scolded Manuel because I had no butter for my roll ... so Manuel fixed the problem!


The first course was butternut squash soup.  Afterwards Manuel asked us to stack our bowls.


Then Sybil explained to Manuel that this wasn't the way it should be done.


Sybil was always scolding Basil for something!

Sometimes he didn't take it very well

Manuel loved hanging with the diners.

Basil wasn't as enthused with Manuel

The second course was chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans and carrots ... I thought it was tasty.


Basil didn't appreciate it when Sybil sang "Happy Birthday" to RePete, Agnes, Gareth, Jeff and some guy whose birthday is in October (Sybil assumed he didn't think he was going to make it that long).


Dessert was good.  Coffee and tea were also served.


It was an entertaining three hours.  We didn't know what to expect and we weren't disappointed.  Alison Pollard-Mansergh, Benedict Holme and Leigh Kelly were excellent as Sybil, Basil and Manuel!  I would recommend it.

After seeing the show, I now want to watch the series (it's only 12 shows) and I'll probably appreciate it more than I did before.

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