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Flanders and Swann: “At the Drop of a Hippopotamus”Masham Town Hall | Little Market Place | HG4 4DY
February 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
In 2001, multi-award winning comedian Tim FitzHigham and BBC Radio 4 musical maestro Duncan Walsh Atkins took to the stage in a theatre in Sussex to raise money for a small cottage hospital and Flanders and Swann – At the Drop of a Hippopotamus was born.
The Masters of 1950s and 1960s madness, mirth and total silliness – Michael Flanders OBE and Donald Swann – are paid affectionate tribute to in this evening of their words and music. Mud, Mud Glorious Mud (The Hippopotamus Song), The Gnu Song, Madeira M’dear, The Gasman Cometh, and many of their other songs have passed into legend along with the duo’s anarchic sense of humour, wordplay and fun.
Over the years, Tim and Duncan have headlined the International Flanders and Swann festival in Donald Swann’s house, become a staple of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and embarked on the largest Flanders and Swann tour since the 1960s, when the great pair played The Theatre Royal, Haymarket in the 1950s and rreleased their wonderful live albums At the Drop of a Hat and At the Drop of Another Hat.
This is an unusually intimate venue for this wonderful show; book early and expect a very special evening.
“Astute wit and genius wordplay… great” – The Guardian
“Impressive, suave… a delight” – The Times
“Wallowing in a muddy marvellous revival” – Evening Standard