John Graham Davies’ critically acclaimed show Beating Berlusconi! returns to home ground once more this year, coming the Epstein Theatre for a limited run from April 5 to 7.
Actor Paul Duckworth reprises his role in the true, bizarre story of how LFC fanatic Mark Radley fulfilled the dream of any devoted Reds fan by charming his way to a seat next to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi – helping himself to free bubbly and salmon along the way – in the AC Milan directors box at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul in 2005.
When Liverpool fought back from 3-0 down to equalize, it almost ended in a fight between Radley and the increasingly irritated Prime Minister.
Duckworth – most recently seen in Mam, I’m ‘Ere and the final weeks of A Nightmare on Lime Street – has astonished both audiences and critics alike in previous runs of this one man, thirty character show that chronicles forty years of modern British history. Beating Berlusconi! started in small modest venues around the city going on to cross international borders and delight audiences in Scandinavia. An Italian production is in the works.
Beating Berlusconi! is described as “a lump in your throat comedy which shows you don’t have to be a football fan or a Scouser to enjoy this hilarious tale – a story of laughter and tears and one man’s attempt to rediscover his belief in himself, his club, his city and his class.”
For tickets, call the box office on 0844 888 4411 or online at www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk.