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Imogen Miller Porter
Imogen Miller Porter photographed by Martin Slidel

Spotlight on Imogen Miller Porter

It’s a delight to catch up with actor and writer Imogen Miller Porter, just as she’s finishing her current run as the screeching matriarch in the interactive Faulty Towers Dining Experience at Charing Cross Hotel. Despite what I imagine as an exhaustive role she blusters into the nearby café looking fresh as a daisy; resplendent in turquoise plaid shirt, plaited locks not quite free of that infamous Sybil coiffure.

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Category: Comedy
Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

The Faulty Towers Dining Experience. Charing Cross Hotel.

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The Faulty Towers Dining Experience is an unofficial tribute to the much-loved John Cleese sitcom.  Co-created by Andy Foreman, who also plays the iconic Manuel, it’s been entertaining diners and winning five-star reviews since 1997.  Intrigued by the concept and a fan of the television programme to boot, I went along to the Charing Cross Hotel where the show is currently in residency to see what all the fuss was about.

It kicks off whist you’re in the bar waiting to be seated, and doesn’t stop kicking for a whole two hours.  There’s audience interaction aplenty, with the performers fizzing things along on a wave of energy.  One minute you’re throwing bread rolls around with Manuel, the next you’re running for the exit as Basil practices his “Fire Drill”.   This is a whirlwind of slapstick, silliness and surrealist wordplay that will have you laughing soup through your nostrils.

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Category: Comedy