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Terry Gilliam cuts the cake as Upstairs At The Gatehouse celebrates 21st birthday

Monty Python star praises five star production of Nice Work If You Can Get It

17 January, 2019 — By Richard Osley

The Plews family: John, Katie, Racky and Jessica with Terry Gilliam

MONTY Python legend Terry Gilliam cut the cake as a theatre celebrated its 21st birthday on Sunday afternoon.

He was guest of honour at Upstairs At The Gatehouse in Highgate Village, sitting among a sell-out audience for the matinee of musical, Nice Work If You Can Get It.

Mr Gilliam, who directed Time Bandits, 12 Monkeys and last year’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, has lived close to the theatre for decades and said he had been “foolish” not to have come to a show before.

“This one has been a cracker, and I’ll be back,” he said.

Terry Gilliam meets the cast and crew 

The theatre was brought to life by John and Katie Plews, who saw the opportunity to convert a little-used storeroom above the pub.

It is now considered one of London’s best fringe theatres, known particularly for its musicals over Christmas. Several actors in the West End have had their first break on the stage there.

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