Interview with Basil Brush

Basil Brush, who will be appearing at the Royal and Derngate, Northampton
Basil Brush, who will be appearing at the Royal and Derngate, Northampton

HE HAS been an icon of children’s television for many generations, constantly entertaining many youngsters on the small screen, but Basil Brush will now take on his most challenging role.

The legendary fox plays Chief Inspector Basil in Aladdin which comes to the Royal and Derngate, Northamtpon and it is a role which Basil is finding tricky.

Talking to the Daventry Express reporter Steve Mills, Basil said: “Well Mr Steve, I am playing the part of Chief Inspector Basil and it is a very important part. He is a little bit like Sherlock Holmes.

“I am not a very good detective though, I think I am doing for detectives what Greece is doing for the Eurozone crisis.”

But Basil is looking forward to appearing in pantomime in Northampton.

He added: “I absolutely love appearing in pantomime, it is marvellous to be asked every year to be in one and Aladdin is my favourite.”

And talk soon turns to his fellow cast members, not all of whom he is seeing eye to eye with.

Basil said: “We’ve got Bobby Davro in the show and he will be very good.

“I tell you what though Mr Steve, would you like to hear an exclusive. Brian Fortuna (dancer from Strictly Come Dancing, playing Aladdin) is trying to kill me. Because he tried to teach me the Riverdance and I nearly drowned.

“Then he tried to teach me to tap dance but I feel in the sink. Ha ha ha ha, boom boom.”

But he is hoping that plenty of people will come along to see Aladdin.

Basil said: “I would say ladies and gentleman, step right up and see this marvellous show.”

Aladdin will be on the Derngate stage from Friday December 9 to Sunday January 8. Tickets can be booked by calling the box office on 01604 624811 or by visiting www.royalandderngate.co.uk.