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Beyond The Fringe: part 1 of 2 September 8, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, Theater.

Before Derek and Clive … before Monty Python or SCTV or Saturday Night Live … there were four Cambridge undergraduates: Alan Bennett, Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller and Dudley Moore.

Their college satirical sketches caught the eye of a producer who booked them into an obscure Edinburgh theater during the annual Arts Festival and its simultaneous sidebar celebration, the Fringe … thus, Beyond The Fringe.

These clips are from the 1964 Gala Farewell performance of the original West End production. In “Civil War”, Bennett, Cook and Miller try to give a civil defense lecture, with very little cooperation from Moore:

“Aftermyth of War” sends up World War II documentaries:

More tomorrow.

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