February 20th – No Sex Please..

New York Playbill for "No Sex Please, We're British"

New York Playbill for “No Sex Please, We’re British”

1973

The hit British comedy farce “No Sex Please, We’re British” opened in New York at the Ritz Theatre on West 48th Street, only to close just 12 days later after 16 performances.

It was a monumental flop, panned by critics and audiences alike, highlighting the sometimes un-bridgeable gap between American and British humour.

The London show however ran for 6,761 performances making it the longest running comedy ever.

In 1973 a film version was made starring Ronnie Corbett. However there were so many alterations to the script, characters and plot that stars such as Michael Crawford who created the role of Brian Runnicles on stage, declined to take part.

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