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Albert was 1st Rigsby !.

PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 9:54 am
by Archie
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

Re: Albert was 1st Rigsby !.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 11:08 am
by PhilGlass
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.

Re: Albert was 1st Rigsby !.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 1:18 pm
by Dirty Old Yank
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.