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Albert was 1st Rigsby !.

Postby Archie » Sun Apr 03, 2016 9:54 am

Recently I watched a two part documentary on 70s comedy Rising Damp. It started as a stage play named 'The Banana Box', the character of landlord Rigsby was played by none other than Wilfrid Brambell :o
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Re: Albert was 1st Rigsby !.

Postby PhilGlass » Mon Apr 04, 2016 11:08 am

Yes, the original casting director actually saw Wilfrid in the role but didn't like his performance, and thought it was too "dark", so they didn't cast him in the TV version. I think Wilfrid would have done a good job of this, though it would have been different. Rigsby (or "Rooksby" as he was originally) would be a dark and seedy fellow. Such a shame, I'd have liked to have seen it.
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Re: Albert was 1st Rigsby !.

Postby Dirty Old Yank » Mon Apr 04, 2016 1:18 pm

PhilGlass wrote:..."Rooksby" as he was originally...

Or “Ragsby,” as tory candidate/ponce Colonel De Vere-Brown (Anthony Sharp) would have it.
Difficult to imagine the show without Leonard Rossiter’s wonderful freneticism; as it is to imagine Wilfrid similarly bouncing off the walls, speaking Chappell’s consonant crammed rapid fire dialog and trying to seduce Frances de la Tour all the time. A terrible shame we don’t have a video record of Wilf’s stage interpretation of the role, but maybe it’s better to imagine it, must’ve been brilliant :o.
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