West End Diva & Olivier Award Nominee Rosie Ashe pays tribute to national treasure Dora Bryan, whose showbiz career spanned eight decades! From pantomime to Shakespeare, Carry On films to a BAFTA winning role in A Taste of Honey, she did it all! TV sitcoms included Dinner Ladies, AbFab and Last of The Summer Wine. She made millions laugh but her personal life was a rollercoaster. Expect fun, music & laughter with excerpts from Hello Dolly, The Water Gypsies and many more.
Dora Bryan is being brought to the stage by west end star Rosemary Ashe, a performer with an enviable CV that has seen her in so many huge shows across her career. Rosie has appeared in many West End productions including: Carlotta, the Prima Donna in the original cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘The Phantom of The Opera’, Madame Thenardier in ‘Les Miserables’, Cunegonde in ‘Candide’, Widow Corney in ‘Oliver!’, Hortense in ‘The Boyfriend’, Forbidden Broadway, Felicia Gabriel in ‘The Witches of Eastwick’ (for which she was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical), Miss Andrew, the nasty nanny in ‘Mary Poppins’, Lottie Grady in ‘When We Are Married’ & Grandma Mole in ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 & ¾’ and her own tribute to Broadway and Hollywood star Ethel Merman, 'Call Me Merman'..
Rosie has always been a huge fan of Dora Bryan and during a clear out during lockdown last year came across an old cassette of hers which gave her the inspiration to write the show. She spent a lot of time doing research into her long career and talked to many actors and directors who knew and worked with her, to get a real flavour of this versatile actress. The result is Adorable Dora, a show that tells of her often turbulent life and recreates some of Dora’s best known and best loved theatrical creations.
Christopher Biggins, himself an iconic figure in British theatre history, has seen the show and immediately had this to say; "Last night I went to the Jermyn St Theatre off Piccadilly to see Adorable Dora, a show about Dora Bryan, who was not just someone I worked in pantomime with, but also a very close friend of mine. Rosemary Ashe has resurrected her in the most extraordinary way so that Dora has not left us at all, but is alive and well and living off Piccadilly which is pertinent as she played so many ladies of the night! Not only does Rosie look and sound like her, she manages to convey the very essence, fun, eccentricity and flamboyance of this wonderful, wonderful actress. I urge everyone to beg, steal or borrow a ticket."
Well now you can actually get to see this extraordinary tribute to one the comedy greats live at The Bowdon Rooms for this incredible performance.
Interactive Theatre International presents…
Only Fools - The (cushty) Dining Experience
This is a knees-up like no other! Critically acclaimed, Only Fools The (cushty) Dining Experience is by the people behind the worldwide smash hit, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience. And as it continues both its London residency and its tour around the UK, it’s also coming to Bowdon!
In this fully immersive and highly interactive show, audiences are transported to The Nags Head to join the pride of Peckham in a night of wheeling, dealing and non-stop laughing. The Trotters want to drum up some cash and make a cheeky saving on the side in two hours of mayhem that sees everyone stopping by – including fan favourites like Cassandra, Trigger, Marlene, Uncle Albert and more.
Deals are brokered, schemes are hatched and quizzes are quizzed in a downright t’riffic event that even comes with some cushty pub grub. You’d be a plonker to miss it!
‘Exceptional. One of the most hysterical, unique and well produced nights out in Britain in 2019!’ ★★★★★ Celebrity Radio, Petwood 2019
‘Hugely entertaining’ ★★★★ The Stage, London 2018
‘It’s a hoot… just like being inside the telly.’ ★★★★ TimeOut London, 2018
‘I came out grinning from ear to ear… it’s hot property!’ ★★★★ The Break A Leggers, London 2019
This is a fabulously new, completely unique experience that includes shed-loads of laughs. One-off improvisation, side-splitting humour, and an expertly-crafted, completely original script come together to make this loving tribute to the TV series a high-quality, seriously funny night to remember.
Only Fools The (cushty) Dining Experience launched on 20 September 2018 to immediate acclaim. It is a wholly original immersive theatre show written by ITI in loving tribute to the Only Fools & Horses TV series.
All tickets include a 3-course meal.
EXPERIENCE THIS HILARIOUS NEW SHOW
Listen very carefully, we shall say this only once!
For the first time anywhere in the North West, experience Original cast members of the multi award winning British Classic, ‘Allo!‘Allo! Live on stage.
Join Herr Otto Flick (Richard Gibson), Lieutenant Hubert Gruber (Guy Sinner), Private Helga Geerhart (Kim Hartman) and - Officer Crabtree, (Arthur Bostrom) for a fabulous evening of live entertainment with authentic French cuisine and plenty of laughs.
You will see clips from the show and hear first hand stories from the original cast members live on stage as they take a look back at one of the most popular comedy series on television and re-enact some of the most memorable scenes and catchphrases.
This special cast reunion evening will include a fabulous 3 course meal, replica on stage sets, audience Q&A, live entertainment and a spectacular television memorabilia auction with one of a kind items.
The evening comes complete with a souvenir photograph with the cast members!
Dress Code: Homage to your favourite character.
Prizes throughout the evening for the best dressed!
Sit back, relax and laugh all night as we look back at some of the funniest moments in television history and hear first hand the hilarious stories from behind the scenes.
All tickets to this event include a three course meal. Dietary options available upon request, and a souvenir photograph with the cast members.
Featuring original cast members live on stage;
Richard Gibson – Herr Otto Flick
Guy Sinner – Lieutenant Hubert Gruber
Kim Hartman – Private Helga Geerhart
Arthur Bostrom - Officer Crabtree
Hosted by Radio and Television stars Darren Proctor and Jenny Powell