Endgame writer says royals are ‘a gift that keeps on giving’
The author of the new West End adaptation of Channel 4 sitcom The Windsors has said the ongoing drama in the Royal Family means now is the “perfect time” to bring the family on stage.
Bert Tyler-Moore, co-writer of the popular TV series and play Windsors: Endgame which opened in the West End on Tuesday, said the royals are the “gift that keeps on giving” to writers.
Tyler-Moore, who is also the originator of the Pete Versus Life shows with Rafe Spall, said the national “obsession” with the House of Windsor showed “no signs of fading,” which meant the moment was right. come to bring them to the West End.
He told Standard: “This is totally the perfect time. There’s always something going on [with the royal family]. And people are obsessed with them. The royal family is just a gift that keeps on giving. Thank goodness we got the idea to make a series out of them because they’re always in the news, there’s always something going on. They won’t leave. And I hope our show either.
Launched in 2016, the sitcom The Windsors starring Harry Enfield, Louise Ford and Hugh Skinner, is now in its third series. Plans to move the show to the Prince of Wales Theater in the heart of the West End had been underway for over a year.
Comedian Enfield reprizes his role as Prince Charles in the play, with Tracy-Ann Oberman playing Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Ciarán Owens plays Prince William and Kara Tointon, Duchess Kate. Tom Durant-Pritchard plays Prince Harry and Crystal Condie, Duchess Meghan.
Jenny Rainsford is Beatrice, Eliza Butterworth Eugenie and Tim Wallers is reprising his role on the small screen of Prince Andrew. Sophie-Louise Dann plays his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson. It is directed by Michael Fentiman, who has already worked on productions of Amélie and Cendrillon.
But the stage show hardly took place after the unexpected death of Tyler-Moore’s longtime writing partner George Jeffrie in September 2020.
Speaking about writing for the show, Tyler-Moore said, “It’s crazy that this even happens. Not only because of everything with Covid, but my writing partner has passed away. So not only has it happened. added another layer of extreme sadness, but it added to the fact that it’s crazy that we even brought it on stage, let alone the West End.
“[The show] is quite an example of his heritage. The show is everything he wanted it to be. Hope we made him proud. We wanted to make it a full-fledged piece and not just a few assembled episodes. It’s definitely reminiscent of the series, and fans won’t be disappointed, but it’s a piece in its own right.
Speaking about Fentiman, Tyler-Moore added: “After the first meeting with him, I knew we would be in good hands with him. He really got the show.
The writer said preview audiences had “really enjoyed” watching live theater – after a period of forced shutdown due to the Covid pandemic.
“In the previews, you get the impression that people really like being back in the theater. Plus the show is a good laugh, it’s a lot of fun.
The Windsors: Endgame runs at the Prince of Wales Theater until October 9.
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