Thirty-eight years after Jack Rosenthal’s ‘The Knowledge’ was aired on ITV, this iconic comedy comes to London’s Charing Cross Theatre for a ten week limited run from September. Maureen Lipman, who played a leading role in the 1979 film, is to direct the world stage premiere of her late husband’s BAFTA nominated work.
Joining renowned actress and writer Maureen Lipman as part of the creative team are producers Vaughan Williams and Steven M. Levy, set designer Nicolai Hart-Hansen, costume designer Jonathan Lipman, sound designer Andrew Johnson and Simon Block, who has adapted the script for the stage.
The cast includes Steven Pacey, Jenna Augen, James Alexandrou, Fabien Frankel, Alice Felgate, Louise Callaghan and Celine Abrahams.
Set against the backdrop of the harsh economic times of 1979, the play follows the hilarious struggles of four aspiring London taxi drivers as they attempt to pass ‘The Knowledge’. Taking an average of four years to complete and with a 70% dropout rate, ‘The Knowledge’ is believed to be the most gruelling taxi exam in the world.
Standing between the four leads and the sought-after Green Badge is the eccentric examiner Mr. Burgess, also known as ‘The Vampire’, who is obsessed with blocking them at every turn.
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(1 min) The theatre is under Charing Cross station; it can be accessed at Cravens Passage just off Villiers Street