Pleasure at Her Majesty's

Pleasure at Her Majesty's

Director: Roger Graef, Jonathan Miller

Cast: Roger Graef, Jonathan Miller

     
 
In 1976, a member of the office staff at the London offices of Amnesty International, a global human rights watchdog group, discovered they'd received a donation from one "J. Cleese" and discovered he was John Cleese, one of the founding members of the Monty Python comedy troupe. Amnesty representatives approached Cleese and asked if he would be interested in staging

Overview

In 1976, a member of the office staff at the London offices of Amnesty International, a global human rights watchdog group, discovered they'd received a donation from one "J. Cleese" and discovered he was John Cleese, one of the founding members of the Monty Python comedy troupe. Amnesty representatives approached Cleese and asked if he would be interested in staging a fundraiser for the organization, and Cleese agreed to put together a show to raise both money and awareness for Amnesty. The show, which Cleese dubbed A Poke In The Eye (With A Sharp Stick), soon became a summit meeting of some of the most influential acts in British comedy. The cast included Cleese and the other members of the Python group (minus Eric Idle, who had other commitments); Peter Cook, Alan Bennett and Jonathan Miller from the internationally successful revue Beyond The Fringe; Barry Humphries, better known as Dame Edna Everage; Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor from the television series The Goodies; Neil Innes of the Bonzo Dog Band; John Fortune and Eleanor Bron, and more. A camera crew was on hand to capture comedy history being made, and Pleasure At Her Majesty's documents the rehearsals and preparation for A Poke In The Eye, the often frantic scene backstage, and the show as it was seen by the audience. The title Pleasure At Her Majesty's was a pun based on the show's venue (Her Majesty's Theatre in London) and the phrase "at the pleasure of Her Majesty," a British euphemism for being held by the police. It was the first of many comedy benefits for Amnesty International, several of which were filmed and distributed as part of the Secret Policeman's Ball series.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/1998
UPC:
0081227255732
Original Release:
1976
Source:
Rhino

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Carol Cleveland Actor
Jonathan Lynn Actor
Beyond the Fringe Cast Actor
Graham Chapman Actor
John Cleese Actor
Terry Gilliam Actor
Eric Idle Actor
Terry Jones Actor
Michael Palin Actor
Alan Bennett Actor
John Bird Actor
Eleanor Bron Actor
Tim Brooke-Taylor Actor
John Fortune Actor
Barry Humphries Actor
Neil Innes Actor
Jonathan Miller Actor
Dudley Moore Narrator
Monty Python Actor
Peter Cook Actor

Technical Credits
Roger Graef Director
Jonathan Miller Director
Iain Bruce Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas Schwalm Editor
Charles Stewart Cinematographer

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