Up Pompeii - An Audio Revival

London theatre news: Tuesday 3 September 2019

Comedy - Off-West End - Shows

Multi award winning David Benson will lead an all-star cast in a sparkling 50th anniversary audio recording of the Frankie Howerd comedy classic, 'Up Pompeii'.
Up Pompeii - An Audio Revival at the Shaw Theatre

Artwork created by Robert Hammond

Up Pompeii was a huge BBC TV hit for comedian Frankie Howerd which was broadcast between 1969 and 1970.

The show had a loyal following of 12 million viewers.

As Lurcio, Frankie Howerd constantly broke the fourth wall, taking the audience into his confidence with a non-stop barrage of double entendres and risqué gags, all of which go unheard by the other characters.

Now, marking the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of 'Up Pompeii' on the BBC's 'Comedy Playhouse', this new feature-length audio revival by Spiteful Puppet will be recorded at two special public performances at London's Shaw Theatre on Saturday October 12, and released on CD and download via Amazon, iTunes and spitefulpuppet.com in late November.

Multi award winning David Benson will lead an all-star cast, including Frazer Hines ('Emmerdale'/'Dr Who') as Ludicrus Sextus, Cleo Rocos ('The Kenny Everett Show'/'Celebrity Big Brother') as Suspenda, Tim Brooke-Taylor OBE (best known as one third of the TV comedy trio The Goodies and a panelist of  'I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue' on BBC R4 for 40 years) as Captain Treacherus, Jack Lane ('Dad's Army Radio Hour'/'Wisdom of a Fool') as Nausius, Madeline Smith (Hammer Horror star who appeared with Frankie Howerd in the films  'Up Pompeii' and 'Up the Front') as Ammonia, Camille Coduri (best known for playing Jackie Tyler in 'Doctor Who' from 2005-2010/ 'Him & Her') as Voluptua, Rosa Coduri ('Lucky Man/Jekyll and Hyde') as Erotica, Jilly Breeze ('Da Vinci's Demons') as Senna, Ben Perkins ('Hedda Gabler', 2016) as Corneous and Barnaby Eaton-Jones (Producer/Director, his third revival after BBC Radio 4 Extra's 'I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again ... Again!' and Audible's 'The Goodies') as Kretinus.

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Show listing information


Starring David Benson as Frankie Howerd's Lurcio (Senator Ludicrus Sextus's slave) this hilarious romp through ancient Pompeii brings back all the television favourites in this full-cast audio revival.

Come along and be a part of the audience as Lurcio attempts to deliver his prologue and begin proceedings before he's quickly caught up in the myriad of sexual liaisons in all quarters of his master's house.

Why does Ludicrus not leave for the Senate meeting in Rome?

Why does his wife return so quickly from the country?

Who will take care of the escaped slave girl, Voluptua, and will Nausius's love poetry improve?

Whilst growing chaos ensues, an increasing rumbling is heard in the distance - what could that possibly be?

A bawdy riot from start to finish, with an all-star cast. Have your laughs recorded for posterity.

In fact, you'll laugh your posterity off.

A cautionary tale of coitus and eruptus!


David Benson as Lurcio

Frazer Hines as Ludicrus Sextus

Cleo Rocos as Suspenda

Tim Brooke-Taylor OBE as Captain Treacherus

Jack Lane as Nausius

Madeline Smith as Ammonia

Camille Coduri as Voluptua

Rosa Coduri as Erotica

Jilly Breeze as Corneous

Ben Perkins as Corneous

Barnaby Eaton-Jones as Kretinus


Author: Audio adaptation by Barnaby Eaton-Jones, with Daniel McGachy and Iain McLaughlin
Production: Spiteful Puppet Entertainment Ltd


Shaw Theatre
100-110 Euston Road


From: Saturday 12 October 2019

Closed: Saturday 12 October 2019


Standard: £12.50

Concessions: £10.50


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