Big Daddy vs Giant Haystacks

Big Daddy vs Giant Haystacks. Copyright: Unique Productions.

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Theatre starring Dave Mounfield and Ross Gurney performed on the following days in August 2013...

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1976-1988. Two fat men pretend to fight each other. One hundred million watch. This multi award-winning comedy play brings back to grunting, grappling life two hugely popular behemoths and the bizarre world they bestrode. Herald Angel winner Ross Gurney (Follow Me, Mussolini) and Dave Mounfield (Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show, This is Jinsey) play an all-star cast including Dickie Davies, Paul McCartney, Chris Tarrant, Frank Sinatra and Princess Margaret. From the writers of Those Magnificent Men. 'Rumbustious writing matched by surprisingly delicate acting ... a stormer of a show' **** ( 'Fascinatingly funny. Both hysterical and historically accurate' **** (

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Full press release

At 4.00pm 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.

This is their story.

This new play, by the award-winning writers of New Perspectives' hit Those Magnificent Men, brings back to grunting, grappling life these two well-loved wrestling rivals and the bizarre world they bestrode. With an "all-star cast of thousands" including Paul McCartney, Chris Tarrant, Frank Sinatra, Princess Margaret, and Greg Dyke, this ambitious, touching, hilarious two-hander conjures up a whole nation during its most colourful era.

Featuring Latest-7-Award and Herald-Angel winner Ross Gurney-Randall (Follow Me and Goerring's Defence - Guy Masterson Productions) and Radio 4's Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show regular David Mounfield, Big Daddy Vs. Giant Haystacks promises to be the bout of the century and a comedy drama not to be missed.

You shall be moved.


Person Role
Ross Gurney Self
Dave Mounfield Self