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No Naughty Bits

No Naughty Bits

By Steven Thompson
Directed by ROSS JOLLY

v American Broadcasting Company

A gloriously funny re-imagining of a real-life event, No Naughty Bits illuminates and celebrates the comic genius of Monty Python.

The New Zealand première
Opens in CIRCA ONE
Saturday 10th August 8pm

December 1975: Monty Python’s Flying Circus is an icon of British humor, loved by millions. And now the show is set to air coast to coast on American TV networks … but someone has cut out all the naughty bits!
Outraged, Pythons Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam take a plane, take a lawyer, and take on the networks in court – to try to keep the naughty bits in!

Playwright Steve Thompson, was by amazing coincidence, reading Michael Palin’s published diaries when the Hampstead Theatre in London offered him a commission. The bizarre court case that took place in New York in 1975 had until then been a forgotten episode in the history of humour, but to Thompson who worked a lot in television (Sherlock, Silk, Doctor Who) the absurdities of the clash of sexual mores, the differing senses of humour, and the complex misunderstandings implicit in the Anglo-American relationship were a perfect opportunity to have some fun, while making some serious points about freedom of expression, artistic integrity and the elusive brilliance of laugh-out-loud comedy.

Intelligent, irreverent, and genuinely funny, No Naughty Bits is a snappy, highly entertaining comedy – with a sting in its tail. The perfect recipe for a great night out!

“The combination of seriousness and silliness works tremendously well, and the show really lifts off.” – Financial Times

“Comedy with sharp teeth disguised by a silly grin”.– Wall Street Journal

Starring a great cast of seasoned comic actors, and introducing a couple of new faces to the Circa stage: ANDREW FOSTER, GAVIN RUTHERFORD, EMMA KINANE, JASON WHYTE, STEPHEN PAPPS, CARRIE GREEN, STEPHEN GLEDHILL, ALEX GREIG

The DOMINION POST season of
Directed by ROSS JOLLY


Set Design - John Hodgkins; Lighting Design – Marcus McShane; Costume Design – Sheila Horton; AV Design - Johann Nortje

// 14th SEPTEMBER – 12th OCTOBER
1 Taranaki Street, Wellington

$25 SPECIALS - Sunday 15th September – 4pm; Thursday 19th September – 8pm

AFTER SHOW FORUM – Tuesday 17th September

Performance times: Tuesday & Wednesday - 6.30pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday - 8pm
Sunday - 4pm

Ticket Prices: Adults - $46; Concessions - $38; Friends of Circa - $33
Under 25s - $25; Groups 6+ - $39

Contains some coarse language.

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