Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick

Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick is a 1998 play written by the English dramatist Terry Johnson, who also directed the original production at the National Theatre.

Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick
Promotion poster Lyttelton, Royal National Theatre, London, 19
Written byTerry Johnson
Date premiered21 September 1998
Place premieredLyttelton, Royal National Theatre, London
Original languageEnglish
SubjectBased on the life of Carry On star Sid James.

The play is about the off-screen love affair between Carry On film stalwarts, Barbara Windsor and Sid James.

The comedy also reveals that the filming of the Carry On series was a less than glamorous affair, characterised by leaking caravans, inadequate pay-cheques and argumentative co-stars.

Most of the play's action takes place on rain-soaked locations with a scantily-clad Barbara taking refuge in Sid's trailer while he and co-star Kenneth Williams carry on their notorious feud, which began when they starred together in the TV series Hancock's Half Hour.[1][2]

In 2000, Johnson adapted the play for television as Cor, Blimey!.[3]


Original cast

The cast of the original National Theatre production were:


  1. "The carry on behind the Carry On films". BBC News. 21 September 1998. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
  2. Richard Lee for PTAG (2009-09-26). "Peoples Theatre Arts Group | Cleo, Camping, Emanuelle and Dick | 22nd - 26th Sept 2009". Archived from the original on March 10, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  3. Thomas, Rebecca (22 April 2000). "The Sid and Babs carry on". BBC News.

Further reading

  • Johnson, Terry (1998). Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick. Methuen drama (First ed.). London: Methuen. ISBN 0-413-73500-1.

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