Laughlines is the only Fawlty Towers Tribute Act to exclusively perform at the Hotel Gleneagles in Torquay, the original hotel where John Cleese and Connie Booth wrote the first couple of episodes and witnessed the real Basil Fawlty himself, the late Donald Sinclair!
History of the Hotel Gleneagles
In May 1971 the Monty Python team stayed at the Gleneagles Hotel (which is referred to in “The Builders” episode) in Torquay whilst filming on location.
John Cleese became fascinated with the behaviour of the owner, Donald Sinclair, whom Cleese later described as “the most marvellously rude man I’ve ever met.”
This behaviour included Sinclair throwing a timetable at a guest who asked when the next bus to town would arrive; and placing Eric Idle’s briefcase (put to one side by Idle while waiting for a car with Cleese behind a wall in the garden on the suspicion that it contained a bomb (Sinclair explained his actions, by claiming the hotel had ‘staff problems’).
He also criticised the American-born Terry Gilliam’s table manners for not being “British” (that is, he switched hands with his fork whilst eating). Cleese and Booth stayed on at the hotel after filming, furthering their research of the hotel owner.