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Ying Tong

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About the Show Less...

The Goons return in Roy Smiles' surreal drama about the life and mind of Spike Milligan. Read More >

Spike MilliganYing Tong (named after the deeply moving Goon ballad Ying Tong Yiddle I Po) begins with Spike Milligan planning a pyjama-clad escape from a mental institution in order to write the greatest ever episode of The Goon Show. After making an outlandish effort to reclaim his marbles from the British Museum, Milligan’s grip on reality loosens further as he threatens to kill Eccles, probably The Goon Show’s most iconic character.

Infused with finely-observed Goons-style comedy and featuring a magnificently convoluted plot, Ying Tong also explores the darker side of Milligan’s mind, which was famously beset with depression. It is well known that the pressures of writing The Goon Show placed much mental pressure on Milligan, a fact which lies at the heart of Ying Tong as he asks his fellow Goons whether producing marvellous new Goon Shows is worth sacrificing his sanity.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 10/02/2005

Opening Night: 14/02/2005

Closing Night: 19/03/2005

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Cast & Creative


James Clyde (Spike Milligan), Peter Temple (Peter Sellers), Christian Patterson ( Harry Secombe ), Jeremy Child (Wallace Greenslade)


Director - Michael Kingsbury

Producer - West Yorkshire Playhouse in association with Michael Codron

Author - Roy Smiles

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