John Cleese is a legend – fact. As one of UK TV’s biggest exports, and one of the world’s best-known comedians, there are few boyhood dreams the sprightly 71-year-old is yet to conquer. His huge success, notoriety and respect can be traced to two key cornerstones of British comedy: Monty Python and Fawlty Towers. Cleese’s punchlines in the four Python films are still quoted around the globe today, while his turn as deranged hotelier Basil Fawlty has been etched into the world’s public consciousness.
But Cleese has refused to be put on a shelf and has kept with the times: check his roles in two Bond films, two Harry Potter movies and three Shrek features – he’s even on Twitter (@JohnCleese). This intimate ‘Evening with…’ will see the comic sharing anecdotes and laughs from across his storied career. Priceless. Dhs350-450. 7.30pm, Wednesday May 23-Saturday May 26. First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com