★★★★Monstrously funny! A roaring parody

This comic reimagining of the classic Kong story comes from writer Daniel Clarkson (co-creator of worldwide hit Potted Potter) and director Owen Lewis, who between them have three Olivier Award nominations. The Eighth Wonder Of The World comes to new life for theatre audiences in the atmospheric surroundings of The Vaults tunnels underneath London’s Waterloo Station.

Follow our intrepid cast as they journey to uncharted waters in search of the fabled beast – a gorilla so enormous he instils fear in all who set eyes on him. As hunter becomes the hunted, our story takes us to the iconic skyline of New York City and one burning question must be answered: just how many bananas should we order in?

★★★★Comedic genius… plays beautifully

★★★★A daft, delightful show

★★★★A glorious mash-up of Mel Brooks & Monty Python



Now playing until 27 August

Tuesday to Saturday, 7.30pm
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday, 4.00pm


General Admission: £25 (previews £15)
Front Rows Cabaret Tables: £35 (previews £25)
Ticket prices include a programme worth £5

Running time approximately 80 minutes
Age guidance 8+



Daniel Clarkson


According to Wikipedia Daniel is a British comedy actor, playwright and director with two Olivier nominations and a Blue Peter Badge.

Graduating from Bretton Hall in 2000, Daniel is probably best know for being one half of the comedy double act ‘Dan and Jeff’.

As well as an 18-month residence in the CBBC office as their in house presenters, they’re renowned across the globe for their “Potted” stage shows.

With four shows now under their belts (Potted Potter, Potted Pirates, Potted Panto and the latest Potted Sherlock which Daniel co-wrote with his brother Tom), Dan and Jeff have received both audience and critical acclaim, having had sell out seasons in both London’s West End and New York, and completing several successful international tours. Potted Potter was even translated into Spanish, which Daniel then directed in Mexico City.

In 2015 Daniel joined the Edinburgh smash hit One Man Breaking Bad as Director, also writing additional material. The show went on to have successful tours in the UK, Australia, North America and concluded with a sell out run in India.

Daniel has also had regular appearances on Blue Peter, BBC’s the Slammer, Big Brothers Little Brother, and Richard and Judy – writing, performing and directing his unique brand of condensed comedy.

He was also on Coronation Street a couple of times, he didn’t know how to fit that in but his mum just said that he should.

Daniel is excited to be premiering King Kong (a comedy) at the Vaults this summer and privileged to have worked with such a talented cast and amazing creative team, who have bought his silly idea to life!

Twitter: @Daniel_Veronica

Alix Dunmore


Alix trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Theatre includes: A Christmas Carol (The Vaults Theatre, Waterloo), The Fifth Column (Southwark Playhouse), Ben Hur (Tricycle Theare), The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre), What the Women Did (Southwark Playhouse), Gaslight (New Vic, Newcastle-Under-Lyme) London Wall (Finborough Theatre and The Other Palace), Top Girls (Out of Joint), The Dead Guy (English Theatre Frankfurt), Nature Adores a Vacuum (Soho Theatre), Separate Tables (The Mill at Sonning), A Winter of War (Cheltenham Everyman) and The Two Noble Kinsmen (Bristol Old Vic).

Film and Television includes: Casualty, Doctors and Call The Midwife (BBC) and London Wall (Master Media).

Radio includes: The Simon Day Show and 49 Cedar Street (BBC).

Alix is a founding member of The Fitzrovia Radio Hour.

Benjamin Chamberlain


Ben trained at LAMDA on the 3 year acting course, graduating in 2009.

Theatre includes: Peter Pan (360 Entertainment), The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Hull Truck) and Pinocchio (Pants on Fire). He has previously worked with Seabright Productions on It’s A Wonderful Life. For the past year, Ben has been part of the classical rep company, The Merley Players, in a number of Shakespeare’s plays.

Brendan Murphy


Brendan attended drama school at Arts Ed London and trained in improvisation with Second City and iO alumni, David Shore and the Free Association.

Theatre includes: Twelfth Night (Orange Tree), Potted Potter (US & Canadian tour), Knightmare Live (Pleasance, Edinburgh), The Adventure (The Royal Exchange & Lyric, Hammersmith), Lost Property (Soho Theatre), The Beau Zeaux (Pleasance, Edinburgh), The One Hour Plays (UK tour), The Curse of Elizabeth Faulkner! (ORL) and Accomplice (Menier Chocolate Factory).

Television includes: Broadchurch (ITV) and Doctors, Vera Brittain and Jenny Bede: AAA (BBC).

Rob Crouch


Theatre includes: Trumpets and Raspberries (Chickenshed), Oliver Reed: Wild Thing (UK and Ireland tours and Ambassador’s Theatre), Trolling (Pleasance, Edinburgh), The Invisible Dot’s Circus (Assembly, Edinburgh), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (The Vaults Theatre, Waterloo), and Desperate Measures (Clerkenwell House of Detention).

Film and Television includes: Purge of Thrones (feature), 833 (short), Lovesick (Netflix), Wasted (E4), The Rack Pack (BBC), Galavant (ABC) and the Chinese remake of My Best Friend’s Wedding (China Film Group Corporation).

Rob was nominated for the 2017 Offie’s Best Male Actor Award for his performance in Oliver Reed: Wild Thing (St James) and What’sOnStage Best Solo Performance Award (2014).

Sam Donnelly


Theatre includes: The Boys in the Band (Vaudeville Theatre), The Frontier Trilogy and The Bunker Trilogy (Jethro Compton Productions), Dial M for Murder and Whose Life is it Anyway? (Frinton Summer Rep), What Would Spock Do? (UK and Internatinal tours, Seabright Productions), Oliver! (Trinity Theatre), Richard III (Iris Theatre) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Belt Up Theatre).

Film and Television includes: Doctors (BBC), The Return (Obstacle Films), Knock Down Ginger (Rooted Productions), The Hooligan Wars (Black & Blue Films) and El Fuego (Met Film Productions).

Radio Includes: The Corrupted (BBC Radio 4) and Macbeth (London Contemporary Theatre).

Sam was long-listed for the BIFA 2015 Most Promising Newcomer Award and was nominated for Best Actor at the 2016 Top Indie Film Awards for his work in The Return.

Owen Lewis


Owen is a freelance theatre and comedy director.

Theatre includes: A Christmas Carol (Fitzrovia Radio Hour, The Vaults Theatre, Waterloo), Eric and Little Ern (Vaudeville Theatre and National tour), Joe Stilgoe: Songs on Film (Assembly Checkpoint, Edinburgh and National tour), Suggs: My Life Story (Garrick Theatre and National tour), The Harri-Parris: The Big Day (Chapter, Cardiff and Welsh tour), The Only Way is Downton (Trafalgar Studios, National and US Tour), Grumpy Old Women: Fifty Shades of Beige (National tour), Ginger Is The New Black (Underbelly, Edinburgh), This Is Ceilidh (London Wonderground and Assembly Spiegeltent, Edinburgh), Johnson & Boswell: Late But Live and Elizabeth and Raleigh: Late But Live (both with Stewart Lee, Traverse Theare, Edinburgh and National tour), Grumpy Old Women: Chin Up Britain (National tour and Novello), Hardeep Singh Kohli’s Indian Takeaway (Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh and National tour), Pete and Dud Come Again (Leicester Square Theatre) and the stage premiere of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (Soho Theatre and Arts Theatre).

Television and Radio includes: The Harri-Parri Radio Show – Series 1 &2 (BBC Radio Wales/4Xtra) and Suggs: My Mad-Life Crisis (BBC Radio 4).

Owen has also been a recipient of the RSC Buzz Goodbody Director’s Award.

Simon Scullion

Set and Props Designer

Simon trained at the Wimbledon School of Art and was a finalist for the Linbury Prize for Theatre Design.

Theatre includes: Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Rd (Trafalgar Studios), Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Apollo and tour), Showstopper! The Improvised Musical (Apollo), Boris World King (Edinburgh), Aberystwyth Mon Amour (UK tour), And Then There Were None (UK tour), Piaf (Curve, Leicester), The Father (Belgrade Theatre Coventry), Eric and Little Ern (St James Theatre), Potted Sherlock (Vaudeville), Murder on the Nile (UK tour), Alarms and Excursions (UK tour), Peppa Pig Live (UK tour), Quartermaine’s Terms (UK tour), Quartet (UK tour) and Larkrise (UK tour).

Simon also designed the recent BBC/BFI feature film Bill featuring the cast of BBC’s Horrible Histories.

Sophia Simensky

Costume & Prop Designer

Sophia Simensky is a visual artist and designer working in theatre, film and performance. She studied Design for Performance at Wimbledon College of Art and was an Associate Artist with Firstsite Gallery.

Theatre includes: Waiting for Waiting for Godot (St James Theatre), Operation Crucible (Finborough Theatre and Sheffield Crucible Studio), The House of Bernarda Alba (The Cockpit Theatre), Muscovado, It Never Ends and Dog Days (Theatre 503), Don Quixote (Jackson’s Lane), The Tailor-Made Man (Arts Theatre) and An Accident at the Border (Trafalgar Studios).

Costume includes: Carthage (Finborough Theatre), Cape (Synergy Theatre Project, Unicorn Theatre) and Events While Guarding the Bofar’s Gun (Finborough Theatre).

Tim Mascall

Lighting Designer

Theatre includes: All Our Children (Jermyn Street Theatre), Showstopper! The Improvised Musical (Panasonic Theatre, Toronto), My Fair Lady, The Truth and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Central Theatre, Budapest), Potted Potter (US and Canadian tours), Jumpy, Long Days Journey Into Night, Faith Healer, Kill Jonny Glendening and A Taste of Honey (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh), Derren Brown: Miracle (Palace), Something Wicked This Way Comes (Old Vic), Evening of Wonder (Garrick), Infamous (Palace), Enigma (Adelphi), The Vagina Monologues (Wyndham’s), Why the Whales Came (Comedy, now Pinter), Ruby Wax: Losing It (Duchess), Potted Panto (Garrick) and Well (Apollo).

Sam Clarkson

Sound Designer

Sam joined the National Youth Theatre as a sound operator in 1997, making this year his 20th anniversary working in the world of theatre.

After over 14 years on the international touring circuit, Sam returned to the West End when he joined The National Theatre’s One Man, Two Guvnors and last year made his West End debut as Sound Designer on Murder Ballard at the Arts Theatre.

As Production Sound Engineer: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace), Warhorse (International tour), Billy Elliot (UK tour), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (UK tour); One Man Two Guvnors (UK tour) Arturo Ui, Shakespeare Trilogy, Faith Healer, Welcome Home, Captain Fox, Teddy Farrara, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (all at the Donmar Warehouse), Annie the Musical (The Gramaldi Forum, Monaco), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (UK tour), The Scottsboro Boys (Garrick) and The Elephant Man and Great Britain (both at the Haymarket).

As Sound No.1: (Manchester International Festival), American Psycho (Almeida) and One Man, Two Guvnors (Haymarket, UK and International tours).

As Sound No.2: Macbeth (The Park Avenue Armory, NYC and Manchester International Festival).


Ricky McFadden

Company Stage Manager

Ricky trained on the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts’ Stage Management and Technical Theatre course. As Stage Manager: Pete ‘n’ Keely (Tristan Bates Theatre) The Fitzrovia Radio Hour’s A Christmas Carol (Vaults Theatre), F*cking Men (Vaults and King’s Head Theatre), The Right Ballerina (Hen & Chickens), The Resurrectionist (Etcetera Theatre), the UK Premier of Watching Glory Die (The Cockpit Theatre), The Alchemist (Rose Playhouse), Red Demon and Love and Information (Marylebone Theatre), The Devil Is An Ass (Rose Playhouse) 5 Guys Chillin’, Nobody’s Business, Frank Sent Me and Noonday Demons (all King’s Head Theatre), We Just Keep Going (Hen & Chickens), the UK premiere of Skin in Flames (Park Theatre), The Waiting Room (Above the Arts), A Chaste Maid in Cheapside (Rose Playhouse), Warde Street (Park Theatre) and A Trick to Catch the Old One (Rose Playhouse).

As Production Manager: Pornography (Waterloo East Theatre) and the UK Premier of Skin in Flames (Park Theatre).

As Lighting Designer: We Just Keep Going (Hen & Chickens).