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The Great Eric Ackroyd Disaster was a musical play by Bill Tidy which featured music by Brian Jacques. It was adapted from a comedic story written and illustrated by Tidy, first published in 1976 by Hutchinson.

The play was produced in 1983 at the Coliseum Theatre in Oldham, and was directed by Pat Trueman. One of the production dates is believed to be May 14, 1983.

A Great Eric Ackroyd Disaster review in The Times stated "Brian Jacques's songs, though enjoyable and musical, are too leisurely and their brass quartet scoring drowns the voices. But they still have a hit here." Another review in The Financial Times said Brian Jacques contributed "pretty songs with music."


  • John McArdle (Eric)
  • Barbara Rosenblat (Nellie)
  • Elizabeth Kelly (The Queen)
  • Keith Clifford
  • Malcolm Hebden
  • Peter Alexander


  • Writer: Bill Tidy
  • Director: Pat Trueman
  • Music/Score: Brian Jacques
  • Design: Peter Skerrett


At Grindlays Smoke Works in Badchester, the people are known for their coughing. However, Eric accidentally purifies the air and renders the area cough-less. Forced to flee to London, Eric becomes the star of his own TV talk show and nearly becomes elected Prime Minister.


This play is known for its coughing choir/chorus.