Acclaimed actress and writer Maureen Lipman is to direct the world stage premiere of Jack Rosenthal’s The Knowledge. The Knowledge is based on the iconic 1979 TV comedy. Set against the backdrop of the harsh economic times of 1979, the play follows the hilarious struggles of four Londoners as they attempt to better themselves by attempting the fearsome “Knowledge” - the process of becoming a London black cab taxi driver. Standing between them and the coveted Green Badge is the eccentric Mr. Burgess, the examiner. Also known as “The Vampire”, he is on an obsessive mission to maintain standards.” The Knowledge will preview at Charing Cross Theatre from Monday 4 September and run 10 weeks to Saturday 11 November.
Maureen Lipman goes on to say Maureen said: “It is 13 years since I lost my husband, the unassuming genius Jack Rosenthal. The Knowledge is perhaps Jack’s best realised play - a hymn to the London that he came to love. It shows the years of pain, strain and sacri ce that London cabbies have to endure to acquire The Knowledge, pass the world’s toughest and most terrifying taxi examinations and earn the right to wear the Green Badge. 38 years since The Knowledge was rst screened on ITV, London’s nest cab drivers face challenges from UBER and their sat navs, bike lanes, road works and terror. But they represent the unique excellence and expertise that has made London the great city we are all so proud of and they deserve our support ... because they, and we, are worth it. This is my 50th year in the acting business and, having acted in the original lm, I was thrilled to be asked to make The Knowledge the next show I direct. Simon Block has created a wonderful stage adaptation that preserves all the best of Jack’s original writing, and I am really excited to be involved.” As a token of the Producers strong support for the London taxi trade they are making an exclusive advance booking offer to the cab trade. For all bookings made prior to the first performance on September 4th, any cabbie or Knowledge student can, for the price of a Stalls Seat (£35), get an upgrade to a Premium Package, which will give them: - A complimentary drink (glass of bubbly or bottle of Becks) - A complimentary programme - Access to the best available seats in the house And in addition, the Producers will waive any booking fees. To access the offer, go to www.charingcrosstheatre.co.uk, select your preferred date and enter promotion code " belucky ".