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Interactive Theatre International

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

Interactive Theatre International

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

Back for its 14th Melbourne International Comedy Festival in a row, this one-of-a-kind experience invites audiences to climb inside their favourite TV show and experience it from the inside out!

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is the world’s longest running and most successful tribute to the BBC sitcom, and it's returning to Stamford Plaza Hotel for the 2020 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Sybil rules, Basil’s been duped and Manuel is on the loose – and they're all crazier than ever, serving three-course meals and two hours of laughs in a five-star show where anything can happen… and usually does! With over 70% of the show improvised, it’s a night – or lunchtime – that spells chaos, comedy and action at every turn.

‘Hilarious. ★★★★★' Theatre People

‘A high-class show… Dining out has never been this entertaining. ★★★★' Herald Sun

Using a supreme blend of top-flight improvisation and a completely original theatrical script, Interactive Theatre International has created a show that's perfect for absolutely anyone ready to laugh. Brisbane born in April 1997, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is now an international institution, performed continuously around the world by 12 teams of actors.

This Melbourne International Comedy Festival line-up includes a world-wide Basil favourite, Rob Langston, as well as two renowned Australian performers performing in their home town: Anthony Sottile (Manuel) and Rebecca Fortuna (Sybil).

'Outrageously funny. ★★★★★' Broadway Baby (UK)

'Immersive theatre at its startling best. ★★★★★'  Best of Theatre, London 

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience sets off the laugh-factor at high wattage from the very start. ★★★★★' Glam Adelaide

As a company, ITI is known for creating and producing high quality interactive, site-specific and immersive theatre at the light-entertainment end of the spectrum. The main thrust of all its shows is comedy, and audiences are wide-ranging – from young children to centenarians, and even people who ‘don’t like theatre’.

Doors open half an hour before start time.

Suitable for audiences 13+

Before and after the show

  • Festival Club

    Meet you at the Festival Club where artists hit the MAX WATT’S stage with unpredictable performances and all sorts of spontaneous and ingenious comedy madness.

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  • Drinking & Dining

    Feeling a little peckish, or fancy a post-show nightcap? Visit one of our awesome Drinking and Dining partners! Keep your ticket handy – many of our partners offer exclusive deals to Festival-goers!

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