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The Milligan Papers

Celebrating 100 years of Spike Milligan

October 20th 2018


Hambledon Productions are celebrating 100 years of Spike Milligan with this spirited revival of the celebrated “The Milligan Papers”, which originally starred the comedy legend himself, written by his longstanding collaborator John Antrobus.

This popular radio series was billed as “the Goon Show of the 80s’” and is chock-full of zany, Milliganesque humour, incorporating wordplay, puns, surrealism and absurdism. This unabashed, fresh and vibrant salute to one of the all-time geniuses of British comedy sees the original scripts updated and adapted for a modern-day audience. Revel in a hilarious take on the parable of Jonah and the Whale, that “cake” elusive Pimpernel and the incredible case of the vanishing Flying Scotsman. All this – and less! – in “The Milligan Papers.”

Performed by three, comically-skilled actors taking on a long list of madcap characters plus a foley artist adding live sound effects, this is an exciting tour-deforce of timeless, nonstop laughs. This premiering show has particular appeal to those who appreciate Spike’s humour, either through his groundbreaking “Goon Show” radio work, his iconic “Q” TV series or his plethora of war memoirs, novels and poetry, as well as fans of classic British comedy.

Earlier Event: October 8
Avenue Q
Later Event: October 21
Joyce Branagh – Women of the World