SPIKE - By Ian Hislop & Nick NewmanSPIKE - By Ian Hislop & Nick Newman
"I’m not acting crazy. I’m the genuine article."

Karl Sydow, Trademark Films, & PW Productions
present the Watermill Theatre production

It’s 1950s austerity Britain, and out of the gloom comes Goon mania as men, women and children across the country scramble to get their ear to a wireless for another instalment of The Goon Show. While Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers get down to the serious business of becoming overnight celebrities, fellow Goon and chief writer Spike finds himself pushing the boundaries of comedy, and testing the patience of the BBC.
Flanked by his fellow Goons and bolstered by the efforts of irrepressible sound assistant Janet, Spike takes a flourishing nosedive off the cliffs of respectability, and mashes up his haunted past to create the comedy of the future. His war with Hitler may be over, but his war with Auntie Beeb - and ultimately himself - has just begun.
Will Spike’s dogged obsession with finding the funny elevate The Goons to soaring new heights, or will the whole thing come crashing down with the stroke of a potato peeler?
SPIKE is an absurdly funny new play by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman (The Wipers Times, Trial By Laughter, A Bunch of Amateurs) that delves into the inner workings of one of our most unique and brilliantly irreverent comedy minds.
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“A fast-paced, capering production”
The Guardian

“very silly indeed”
The Financial Times

“If you liked the Goons you will love it”

“this play is hilariously funny. Robert Wilfort is hilarious as Spike Milligan. From the moment he walks on stage he has the audience in fits of laughter.”
Fairy Powered


Further casting to be announced.


    Photo credit: Pamela Raith

        2022 TOUR DATES

        6 - 10 SEP
        Cheltenham Everyman
        13 - 17 Sep
        Malvern Festival Theatre
        20 - 24 Sep
        Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford
        27 Sep - 1 Oct
        Oxford Playhouse
        4 - 8 Oct
        Salisbury Playhouse
        11 - 15 Oct
        Theatre Royal, Brighton
        18 - 22 Oct
        Darlington Hippodrome
        25 - 29 Oct
        Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
        1 - 5 Nov
        Kings Theatre, Glasgow
        8 - 12 Nov
        Richmond Theatre
        15 - 19 Nov
        Blackpool Grand
        22 - 26 Nov
        New Theatre, Cardiff

        There will be a Q&A with the authors after the first performance in every venue except Cheltenham which will be on the Wednesday.

        For details contact each theatre.