Inspired by a true story, this gloriously funny play investigates the nature of comedy, the operation of censorship, and the complex misunderstandings implicit in the Anglo-American relationship.
In December 1975, Monty Python’s Flying Circus was broadcast coast to coast in the US. It was the Pythons’ first time on a major network… but somebody cut out all the naughty bits!
Undismayed, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam flew to New York to persuade the network to reinstate the cuts – and, somewhat by accident, found themselves at the centre of a landmark court case concerning freedom of expression and the protection of artistic integrity…
Steve Thompson’s play No Naughty Bits was first performed at Hampstead Theatre, London, in 2011.
‘Steve Thompson’s play, as one would hope from a Dr Who writer, is bigger inside than out, cleverer than it seems… One kind of comedy wrapped inside another, a bright fizz of sherbert with a sharp lemon coating’
— The Times
‘Thompson understands how comedy works… hilarious’