Why I can’t wait for Benidorm!

No, not the actual place, but the stage show of course!

Derren Litten’s hit ITV comedy Benidorm is coming to Leeds Grand Theatre in March in a hilarious stage adaptation produced by Michael Harrison and David Ian.

The show includes a new script by Litten that has been particularly written for the stage, which is so exciting for all fans of Benidorm as they get to experience a whole new adventure!

The TV show was an undoubted success, having run for 10 series since it first broadcast in 2007. The show has received two National Television Awards, a TV Quick Award and nominations at the British Comedy Awards and BAFTAs.

Writer Derren first started out as an actor, before helping his friend Catherine Tate write the much-loved comedy series The Catherine Tate Show (you can see Derren in many of the sketches, have a Google!). He was then given a script commission by legendary comedy producer Geoffrey Perkins, told to “just write anything you want as long as it’s funny.” That show turned out to be ITV’s hit comedy Benidorm. How amazing!

Derren Litten says: ““I’ve loved 10 years of writing my TV show Benidorm, but despite a successful writing career, I’m first and foremost a performer so have always been secretly frustrated I couldn’t hear the audience’s laughter. This national tour of Benidorm Live will not only make a long-lasting dream come true but will also mean I no longer have to stand in strangers’ gardens listening at their windows at 9 o’clock on cold winter evenings!”

Cast favourites from the TV series are also joining in the adventure, including Jake Canuso (Mateo), Janine Duvitski (Jacqueline), Sherrie Hewson (Joyce Temple-Savage), Shelley Longworth (Sam), Tony Maudsley (Kenneth) and Neptune’s very own Asa Elliott.

I personally can’t wait to see the show. I’m a big fan of the TV series and the cast are fantastic on screen – let’s see how they perform on stage! It’s going to be a hoot!

Catch the show from 18th-23rd March at Leeds Grand Theatre.

Photograph credited to Paul Coltas

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