Getting to grips with two greats

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BIG Daddy Vs Giant Haystacks is a British heavyweight champion comedy by Brian Mitchell and Joseph Nixon that can be seen at Derby’s Guildhall Theatre on Thursday, May 17.

At 4pm every Saturday, from 1976 to 1988, tens of millions of Britons, and countless more world-wide, were in the grip of an extraordinary sports phenomenon: watching two fat men (a.k.a. Shirley Crabtree and Martin Ruane) pretend to fight each other. Big Daddy Vs Giant Haystacks is their story.

This new play, by the award-winning writers of locally-based New Perspectives Theatre Company’s hit Those Magnificent Men, brings back to grunting, grappling life these two well-loved wrestling rivals and the bizarre world they bestrode.

Tickets are £11.25, concessions £9.25. For more information and to book tickets call 01332 255800.