A musical based on The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin is in development, it has been revealed.
The late David Nobbs (1935 - 2015) created world-weary, stressed middle-class office worker Reginald 'Reggie' Perrin in the 1970s. Facing a mid-life crisis, he fakes his own suicide before reinventing himself and returning to his family.
Originally appearing in a series of novels debuting with 1975's The Death of Reginald Perrin, its success saw Nobbs quickly contracted to adapt the stories into a BBC sitcom, which launched the following year with Leonard Rossiter (pictured) in the title role.
Nobbs penned two further novels, with each adapted into a respective subsequent series of the acclaimed sitcom. Following Rossiter's death in 1984, The Legacy Of Reginald Perrin was broadcast in 1996, reuniting Perrin's friends and family after the character's death.
In 2009, the story was further revived when Nobbs united with Men Behaving Badly writer Simon Nye to pen a new sitcom, Reggie Perrin, reimagining his iconic character in the 21st Century rat-race. Starring Martin Clunes, it ran for two series.
Little else is known about the musical at present. The news was revealed in a tweet posted by Batt, with subsequent replies suggesting the trio have developed the project themselves, without a producer or theatre company presently attached. Further details are likely to be revealed if and when the show is picked up for staging.
Chuffed to have been asked to write all the songs for @jonathancoe and @quantick 's musical of "The Fall and Rise Of Reginald Perrin" which we finished writing recently. It's DEAD funny! I didn't get where I am today by turning an opportunity like THAT down!-- Mike Batt (@Mike_Batt) April 30, 2019
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