First outing for 'lost' Frankie Howerd play

Written by Ray Galton and John Antrobus

A play originally written for Frankie Howerd, but never performed, is to get its first ever public outing this week.

Not Tonight Caligula was also written by two comedy heroes: Ray Galton – co-creator of Steptoe & Son and Hancock’s Half Hour – and Spike Milligan’s long-time collaborator John Antrobus.

Described as a ‘comedy romp in the Roman court of Caligula’, the script has been dusted down by the Wireless Theatre Company, who will stage a one-off reading in London’s Leicester Square Theatre this Saturday.

Directed by Antrobus, the performance will be recorded and distributed as a free download by the company, set up three years ago with the aim of ‘bringing audio theatre to the iPod generation’ and ‘keeping the wonderful art of radio drama alive’.

Although Howerd never performed Not Tonight Caligula, he found fame in another Roman-era farce, Up Pompeii!

Click here for tickets to the recording.

Published: 20 Sep 2010

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