When Student Alan moves into an attic flat, he does not expect to find
it already inhabited by someone else. They mysterious Philip claims to
be the son of an African chief with ten wives waiting for him back home,
but his presence is the least of Alan's worries.
He also has to contend with a hole in the floor, water running down the walls and sinister landlord Rigsby, who has designs on Miss Jones downstairs, who herself has developed a passion for Philip.
Eric Chappell's much-loved ITV comedy was adapted by him for the stage and first performed as The Banana Box. It's West End production in 1973 starred Leonard Rossiter, Don Warrington and Frances de la Tour. This version of Rising Damp was revised by the author and toured in 2013 by Classic Comedy Production.
A thoroughly enjoyable evening's entertainment - The Stage
An accomplished, nostalgia-stirring staging, by Don Warrington, of the much loved sitcom in which he starred - Telegraph
Don Warrington's rigorous direction coupled with Eric Chappell's ability to write great comedy was certain to produce a comic gem in their theatrical reworking of Rising Damp - Manchester Evening News
Rising Damp is Eric Chappell's masterpiece...it is a please to revisit the greatest ITV comedy of the past 40 years - Oldham Evening Chronicle
First produces as The Banana Box in June 1971 at the Phoenix Theatre, Leicester, directed by Stephen MacDonald.
Subsequently transferred to the Apollo Theatre, London, in June 1973.
This new version of the play was revived for a national tour in 2013 by Classic Comedy Productions and directed by Don Warrington