Back to grappling, grunting life on stage

Big Daddy v Giant Haystacks.
Big Daddy v Giant Haystacks.
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‘Who’d have thought 1980s’ wrestling could make such moving theatre?’ – If you’re intrigued then Alnwick Playhouse is the place to be next weekend.

Komedia Entertainment’s Big Daddy vs Giant Haystacks is on at the arts venue on Saturday, September 20, at 7.30pm.

At 4pm every Saturday, from 1976 to 1988, tens of millions of Britons, and countless more world-wide, were in the grip of an extraordinary sports phenomenon.

They were watching two fat men – aka Shirley Crabtree and Martin Ruane – pretend to fight each other.

This critically-acclaimed play, by the award-winning writers of New Perspectives’ hit Those Magnificent Men, brings back to grunting, grappling life these two well-loved wrestling rivals and the bizarre world they bestrode.

With an ‘all-star cast of thousands’ including Paul McCartney, Chris Tarrant, Frank Sinatra, Princess Margaret and Greg Dyke, this ambitious, touching and hilarious two-hander conjures up a whole nation during its most colourful era.

Featuring Herald-Angel winner Ross Gurney-Randall (Follow Me and Goerring’s Defence – Guy Masterson Productions) and Radio 4’s Count Arthur Strong’s Radio Show regular David Mounfield, Big Daddy vs Giant Haystacks is the bout of the century and a comedy drama not to be missed.

One review said that ‘it could do for wrestling what the film The Damned United did for Brian Clough’.

Tickets, £10, £9 conc, £8 child/student, £11 premier, are available from the Playhouse box office in person, on 01665 510785 or at the website.