Octopus Soup! Trailer v3 from Simon Fielder on Vimeo.

A razor-sharp new comedy with Nick Hancock, star of West End hit An Evening with Gary Lineker and host of iconic TV shows, Room 101 and They Think It’s All Over.

by Jack Milner and Mark Stevenson 

Co-produced with Belgrade Theatre Coventry


Fawlty Towers meets The Sopranos in this brand-new British farce! Octopus Soup! is the dinner party from hell – and you’ll be crying with laughter!


Simon Fielder and Belgrade Theatre Coventry present the World Premiere of this razor-sharp comedy with Nick Hancock, coming to a theatre near you!


Meet Seymour, the safest man in Britain. An insurance guy who wears a belt and braces (and another belt, just to be sure!) He’s in last chance saloon with everything riding on this one vital conference call. What could possibly go wrong? Well, literally EVERYTHING! Enter Marvin, a bungling burglar with bad knees…


Meanwhile Seymour’s neurotic wife Gloria awaits news on a star TV role, a psychopathic mob boss is just around the corner and a share of the £30 billion insurance scam is at stake. Will our heroes and their octopus get out alive?!


It’s non-stop laughs with Nick Hancock (iconic TV host for Room 101 and They Think It’s All Over) joined by Paul Bradley (EastEnders, Holby City), Gillian Bevan (Holby City, Teachers), Carolyn Backhouse (Coronation Street, The Bill) and the legendary Eric Richard (The Bill, EastEnders)


Octopus Soup! Is a guaranteed comedy hit. Don’t miss out!


Deliciously funny
Octopus Soup swims [a] mad-cap course
A tight comedy with some excellent moments of farce

The Stage
Octopus Soup! easily earns its laughs
An entertaining farce with a moral message that delivers on laughs
Plenty of entertaining physical comedy 

Bum on a seat
Played with energy and conviction by all concerned, this is a hugely enjoyable piece of work
It is very funny but, as it turns out, this farce is more than frothy entertainment
Joe Harmston clearly has an eye for comic business
Paul Bradley on excellent form
Carolyn Backhouse is a scream
Very funny…Cracking one-liners

The Boar
Octopus Soup! is a fun night out and the show is definitely enjoyable
Backhouse gives a tour-de-force showcase
Richard makes for a compelling crime boss
Octopus Soup! is a fun night out the actors are giving it everything

The Reviews Hub
Carolyn Backhouse is perfect… her over-the-top portrayal… is almost too good
Hancock is impressive

Miro Magazine
The acting is simply too good
By the interval the room is practically buzzing

Chalmers News PR
Farcical fast-paced fun
There is a lot to love about Octopus Soup, including Marvin’s witty one-liners and Malapropisms and Gloria’s chaotic character
The Belgrade production marks a world debut for the show which will, I’m sure only continue to gather momentum - and fans.
With eight legs, Octopus Soup! can run and run

Newstyle Radio
Octopus Soup! will have you crying with laughter.
If you long for a good belly laugh, then this brand-new British farce Octopus Soup! is the performance to see

All The World’s A Stage
What stands out as faultless in this show is the brilliant comic timing
Paul Bradley… is immaculate,

A View from Behind the Arras
There is a lot to enjoy including Marvin’s wonderfully witty Malapropisms [and] the frenetic activity on the stage
Wonderfully witty…A lot to enjoy

UK Theatre Network
Octopus Soup is a breath of fresh air
There’s never a dull moment and lots of laughs.
Fine acting, excellent comic timing and a fast-paced plot.
A good old Brit comedy

DLuxe Magazine
A razor-sharp new comedy
A clever, witty new show
Thoroughly brilliant 
Octopus Soup! is a clever, witty new show that really did have the audience laughing out loud. A thoroughly brilliant, new show.

Elementary Whats On
Well-paced and sharp comedy
Plenty of belly laughs

Culture’s Coffee - the ‘go-to website for all things cultural’
Rip-roaringly funny
Plenty of belly laughs
Pops with wit and sparkling humour 
A quirky and fun comedy that is utterly unique
Octopus Soup!  is exactly what modern audiences are looking for in a comedy; smart wordplay and dry one-liners are thrown together with moments of slapstick and one animatronic octopus
A buoyant show that never fails to root itself in believability - the acting is just too stellar for that
A Saucepan of Laughs
an irreverent comedy for modern times
Octopus Soup! pops with wit and sparkling humour 
modern, and extremely entertaining
utterly unique 
the acting is just too stellar 
a rip-roaringly funny drama
who knew that insurance could be so fun?
Octopus Soup! is going to take the world - or at least the rest of the UK - by storm.


The Team
Producers: Simon Fielder and Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
Director: Joe Harmston 
Casting: Kate Plantin
Designer: Anthony Lamble
Lighting: Rob Casey
The Cast 
Insurance consultant  Nick Hancock 
His actress wife Carolyn Backhouse 
Marvin: Burglar 
Paul Bradley
Virginia: Boss of G.I.T Gillian Bevan
Alan: Underworld boss Eric Richard
Terry:  An octopus


2nd -16th Belgrade Theatre Coventry
19th - 23rd Blackpool Grand Theatre
26th Feb - 2nd March Darlington Hippodrome

19th - 23rd Portsmouth Kings Theatre
26th - 30th Eastbourne Devonshire Park

1st - 6th Windsor Theatre Royal
9th - 13th Cardiff New Theatre
15th - 20th Malvern Festival Theatre
23rd - 27th Swansea Grand Theatre
30th - 4th May Guildford Yvonne Arnaud


An opportunity to invest in Octopus Soup!

A message from Simon Fielder
For twenty-six years I have produced shows all over the world. I have always worked to make theatre accessible to people who might not otherwise attend, supporting new writing and introducing new audiences. We know that theatre is not just for the clever, the well-educated, and the well off. But I believe that many people worry that it is not for them and that they will feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, out of place and probably won’t enjoy what’s on anyway. By supporting new writing and working to attract new audiences, we will hopefully keep our theatre thriving long into the future."
If you would like to help support our work by investing in the forthcoming production, we have an investment pack available. Please send me an email to simon@simonfielder.com and I would be delighted to send it to you.

Octopus Soup! is a really funny new comedy fronted by Nick Hancock. We are delighted to announce that he is joined in the cast by Eric Richard, who played Desk Sergeant Bob Cryer in The Bill for 17 years and Paul Bradley who, for 6 years, was Nigel Bates in EastEnders. We are lucky enough to have the wonderful Gillian Bevan, who has starred in many theatre and TV productions including Teachers and Doctors and the equally lovely Carolyn Backhouse, who appeared in The Bill and Coronation Street

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