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    Leigh Kelly - Manuel - Interactive Theatre International

    Leigh trained at LAMDA, and his first jobs out of drama school were with the maverick  actor/director Ken Campbell in "The Warp", which is cited in the Guinness Book of Records as being the world's longest play at 24 hours. He was also in Ken's "Pidgin Macbeth" at the National Theatre which used the pidgin language of the south pacific as the basis for Shakespeare's tragic masterpiece. The audience also got to vote for who played what each night… (aficionados of the tv series may know that Ken played Roger in The Anniversary, who insists on calling Basil 'Baz' and rumbles straight away that Sybil isn't unwell upstairs… Brilliant!)

    Other credits include "The Southwark Mysteries" for Shakespeare's Globe, "Othello" at Nottingham Playhouse; "Julius Caesar" at the Barbican; "The Talented Mr. Ripley" at The Dukes in Lancaster.  Leigh has also worked extensively in children's theatre – recent work includes - "The Dream Space" also at the Globe, Scrooge in "Humbug!" at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton, and "The Ugly Duckling" for Polka Theatre.

    TV and film work – 2 Bollywood films, commercials for Fanta and Playstation, a feature film about the philosopher Jacque Derrida and even and episode of "The Bill".

    Leigh plays Manuel in the Faulty Towers the Dining Experience

    Personal reviews:

    "Leigh Kelly as the wonderfully over-the-top 'Spanish' waiter Manuel was not only the spitting image of the character he was playing, but had his clumsy, overly literal interpretation of Mr. Faulty orders mastered."
    On in London (West End residency)
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    "The star of the show seems to be Manuel (Leigh Kelly), whose broken English provides so many possibilities for the British love of innuendo & wordplay."
    The Mumble (Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014)
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    "Leigh Kelly's air of perpetual confusion remains as immovable as Andrew Sachs."
    Broadway Baby (Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014)
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