Pieces of Speight

Spike collaborator's new project

Long-time Spike Milligan collaborator John Antrobus has written a new play about his work with another comedy groundbreaker.

Of Good Report tells of his time with Alf Garnett creator Johnny Speight, who died of cancer in 1998.

Antrobus, a pacifist out of Sandhurst, first teamed up with East End Stalinist Johnny Speight on the Frankie Howerd Radio Show. 

Between them they also wrote for Eric Sykes, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, The Two Ronnies and Morecambe and Wise.

Antrobus, who co-wrote many Goon Show scripts also worked with Milligan on his sketch series Oh In Colour, the radio series The Milligan Papers and the post-apocalyptic  play The Bed Sitting Room

His play is being launched in South London’s White Bear Theatre, the fringe venue which was the nursery for Brian Cooke’s hugely successful Round The Horn… Revisited!, now touring the UK.

It opens there on November 9. For tickets, call the box office on 020 7793 9193.

Published: 30 Sep 2004

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