Stars On Stella Street On Stage
The cult British TV comedy Stella Street, one of the most famous residences in British television comedy, will be making a return as a new show produced by Komedia Entertainment in 2014.
Creator Peter Richardson (of Comic Strip fame) will present a special version of the legendary BBC Two comedy, followed by a rare stage appearance of two of the show’s favourite characters performed by character comedy legends Phil Cornwell and John Sessions.
Stella Street is a cult British television comedy programme, originally screened in four series on BBC Two between 1997 and 2001, before demand saw the release of a feature-length movie in 2004.
The show takes the form of a mockumentary filmed on a single camcorder, based on the fantastical premise that a group of British and American celebrities have all decided to move into Stella Street in London’s Surbiton. The shows characters played by Cornwell and Sessions included Michael Caine, Robert De Nero, Jimmy Hill and Marlon Brando – with a corner store run by Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. The only non-celebrity on Stella Street is poor Mrs Huggett, who cleans the houses of the other celebrities, whilst constantly being the butt of their cruel jibes.
The TV show has not been seen for over a decade and never been staged in any form, so Komedia is proud to announce a world premiere Stars on Stella Street screening, followed by live appearances from some of the show’s characters.
Komedia Entertainment’s director, Richard Daws, reminisced about Stella Street and was excited for its return: “Stella Street was one of the iconic cult comedy shows of the late 90s, paving the way for many other character-based comedy shows broadcast on TV afterwards. We are delighted to be able to host this world premiere at Komedia during the Bath Comedy Festival, and I expect that many fans of the most famous residents of Surbiton, and their ever-suffering cleaner, Mrs Huggett, will be as excited as we are!”
Stella Street’s creator, Peter Richardson, was looking forward to reuniting with the cast of the show: “It’s hard to remember when watching Stella Street with all its residents of film stars , pop stars cleaners and gardeners that it’s played by just two people – and every time I view it I think what geniuses Phil Cornwall and John Sessions are. I can’t wait to see them as Mrs Huggett and David Bowie live on stage.”