Brouhaha (BBC 1958, Peter Sellers, Lionel Jeffries)

This shortish little comedy was one of those regular at the time productions that was broadcast direct from the Theatre. In this the Aldwych in the West End of London. It wasn’t the full play just various funny scenes. Notable for the fact that it featured Peter Sellers in an increasingly rare stage role. Sellers quickly tired of the nightly performances and would do anything to get out of playing the material as written, much to the annoyance of his fellow cast members. Sellers was at the time just starting to make inroads into major stardom and was already proving to be a difficult character to work with.

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production details
UK / BBC / 1×40 minute episode / Broadcast 18 September 1958

Writer: George Tabori
Producer: John Vernon
Director: Peter Hall

cast
Peter Sellers as The Sultan
Bandana Das Gupta as Sultana
Jean Dickson as Sultana
John Wood as The Wall
Timothy Bateson as Uruq Ubaita
Hugh Dickson as Umm
Gordon Gostelow as Obeidallah
Colin Ellis as Bedridden
David Rogers as Afrit
Lionel Jeffries as Buscombe, The Resident
Anne Leon as Pamela
Jules Munshin as Stitch Allentock

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