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See Withnail & I On Stage

Yes, a stage adaptation of our favourite film! It's being put on during the Brighton International Festival 2000 by Hanover Productions, a theatre company of taste and distinction. It's the first stage version, and is blessed with Bruce Robinson's approval.

In addition, on May 25th at 1.00pm there is a free lunchtime discussion session, "Withnail & You", featuring "special guests".

Sounds good, doesn't it? I'll be going for sure. Remember to check Hanover Productions' Web site for the full details.

Withnail & I screenshot

It is 1969 and the age of psychedelia is about to end. Typifying the era are two 'resting' actors - the pale, eccentric Withnail and 'I', a baby faced neurotic.

They share a rapidly disintegrating flat in Camden Town and a diet that consists totally of drugs and booze. Serious jobs are non-existent, so to recharge their batteries they embark on a madly chaotic holiday staying at the ramshackle country cottage of Withnail's bizarre Uncle Monty. That's when their problems really start.

Now for some trainspotter information that, if you've watched the film as many times as I have, you will already know.

Withnail and I was made by HandMade Films, London, in 1986. Running time 103 minutes.


Withnail                Richard E. Grant
. . . and I             Paul McGann
Monty                   Richard Griffiths
Danny                   Ralph Brown
Jake                    Michael Elphick
Irishman                Daragh O'Malley
Isacs Parkin            Michael Wardle
Mrs Parkin              Una Brandon-Jones
General                 Noel Johnson
Waitress                Irene Sutcliffe
Tea Shop Proprietor     Llewellyn Rees
Policeman One           Robert Oates
Policeman Two           Anthony Wise
Presuming Ed            Eddie Tagoe

Music by David Dundas and Rick Wentworth
Co-produced by David Wimbury
Executive Producers George Harrison and Denis O'Brien
Produced by Paul Heller

Written and Directed by Bruce Robinson

The script of Withnail and I, and Bruce Robinson's second film, How to Get Ahead in Advertising, is available in paperback (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2 Soho Square, London W1V 5DE, England), ISBN 0 7475 0359 1.

The soundtrack for these two films is also available, on Silva Screen Records, Silva House, 261 Royal College Street, London NW1 9LU, England.

Coming one day to this page, a nice load of graphics and sound files and text for your delectation. In the meantime, just this I'm afraid.

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