Lucky theatre-goers in Belfast have just witnessed a two-night-only stage adaptation of Withnail & I, complete with free cake and wine for each audience member!
Background to the production comes via this article in the Belfast Telegraph. Starring Adam Turns as I/Marwood, Xander Duffy as Withnail, Tony Finnegan as Monty and Michael Liebmann as Danny/Everyone Else, it was performed at the Strand Arts Centre on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th September. While I can't find a formal 'review' online yet, comments from satisfied members of the sold-out audiences on the play's Facebook page suggest a fine time was had by all. No doubt the invitation to bring your own wine and beer, and play along (responsibly) to the 'Chin Chin' Drinking Game didn't hurt...
It's not the first time Withnail has been adapted for the stage, and it surely won't be the last. Someone should compile a list... A post for another day perhaps.
For now though, here's this latest production's excellent 'American Gothic' inspired poster, and photos from the rehearsals, thanks to Kandu Theatre's Facebook page.