Trademark Theatre

“A fast-paced, capering production”
The Guardian

“If you liked the Goons
you will love it”
The Sunday Times

“Very silly indeed”
The Financial Times

Following the success of The Wipers Times and Trial By Laughter, Trademark presents Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s SPIKE, an absurdly funny new play that delves into the inner workings of one of our most unique and brilliantly irreverent comedy minds.

For full tour dates and booking information please visit spiketheplay.co.uk

Paul Hart

David Parfitt
Karl Sydow

Ian Hislop
Nick Newman


It’s 1950s austerity Britain, and out of the gloom comes Goon mania as men, women and children across the country scramble to get their ear to a wireless for another instalment of The Goon Show.

While Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers get down to the serious business of becoming overnight celebrities, fellow Goon and chief writer Spike finds himself pushing the boundaries of comedy, and testing the patience of the BBC.

Flanked by his fellow Goons and bolstered by the efforts of irrepressible sound assistant Janet, Spike takes a flourishing nosedive off the cliffs of respectability, and mashes up his haunted past to create the comedy of the future. His war with Hitler may be over, but his war with Auntie Beeb - and ultimately himself - has just begun.

Will Spike’s dogged obsession with finding the funny elevate The Goons to soaring new heights, or will the whole thing come crashing down with the stroke of a potato peeler?

Trademark Films, Karl Sydow & PW Productions Present the Watermill Theatre Production of SPIKE.