Set against the harsh economic backdrop of 1979, the story follows the comical struggles of four Londoners as they attempt the fearsome “Knowledge”. This formidable route memorisation test, undertaken by London black cab drivers, comprises the thousands of streets and landmarks within a six mile radius of Charing Cross.
Standing between our aspiring drivers and the coveted Green Badge is the eccentric examiner Mr. Burgess, also known as “The Vampire”, who is on an obsessive mission to maintain the organisation's rigid standards. This hilarious and heart-warming tale explores struggle and self-discovery.
Director Maureen Lipman is a celebrated TV and film actress who most recently starred in a sell-out revival of Lettice and Lovage at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Lipman directs the performance as a tribute to her late husband and award-winning writer Jack Rosenthal.
Rosenthal wrote over one hundred early episodes of the ITV soap opera Coronation Street and over one hundred and fifty screenplays, including his much loved TV play Bar Mitzvah Boy which earned him three BAFTAs.
Lipman is supported by an incredible creative team, including set designer Nicolai Hart-Hansen and costume designer Jonathan Lipman, with sound design by Andrew Johnson.
This uproarious 70’s romp plays a limited run at the Charring Cross Theatre from the 4th September to 11th November 2017.
Recommended forFans of Jack Rosenthal’s extensive TV portfolio will love this hilarious stage adaptation of his classic work.
Age Recommendations: 10+