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COME on you Reds! One man’s real-life love affair with Liverpool FC will be perfectly captured in the hilarious play Beating Berlusconi! at the Palace Hotel and Casino on Central Promenade, Douglas, next Friday and Saturday (March 4 and 5).

Fresh from ecstatic reviews and a huge word-of-mouth following, outstanding Liverpool actor Paul Duckworth (Ringo in the Backbeat film) and his 40 characters take to the road again by popular demand in this hilarious, lump in your throat comedy.

Written by acclaimed BBC Radio 4 writer and former Hollyoaks star John Graham Davies and using stand-up comedy, comic monologue and the ghost of Bill Shankly, this is the laugh-out-loud true story of one man’s attempt to rediscover his belief in himself, his club and his city.

Using the fortunes of Liverpool FC as a metaphor for broader concerns, Beating Berlusconi! examines love, identity and friendship and touches on a number of contemporary political issues.

Despite threats from his wife and his bank manager, middle-aged Kenny Noonan travels to Istanbul in May 2005 to watch Liverpool play AC Milan in the Champions League final.

Beating Berlusconi! is based on the now famous true story of a real Liverpool fan, Mark Radley, who ended up sitting next to Italy’s infamous Silvio Berlusconi at the Attaturk Stadium as the lads on the pitch turn the world upside-down.

Helping himself to free bubbly and salmon Mark was invited to sit down by a smirking, perma-tanned Don Corleone type. He had no idea he was watching the match next to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

When Liverpool’s unlikely equaliser went in, his Italian host turned nasty and the two squared up before Mark was hastily hauled off by Signor Berlusconi’s heavies…

The play starts at 8pm. All tickets are £10.To reserve tickets or for further information contact Keith Salmon on 463327 or email

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