Win tickets to Royal Flush

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In 1882 after years of inspiration, innovation, and occasional idiocy, Yorkshireman Thomas Crapper is given the commission to provide toilets for Her Majesty Queen Victoria.

On the eve of the first ‘royal flush,’ Thomas writes a very personal letter - to a girl he hasn’t seen in over 40 years.

Travel forward to 2012, and at an Old People’s Home in Crapper’s home town of Thorne, Joe -a ‘maintenance engineer’ (toilet cleaner) - has the job of a lifetime on his hands.

He’s got to get all the toilets - even the awkward one in room eight - sparkling clean in preparation for a diamond jubilee royal visit.

But has he got enough Cif to cope? Can he persuade Fat Irene to keep off the nuts? And will his secret plan to solve all his problems work?

A revealing, touching and hilarious account of the man who became Britain’s number one at getting rid of number two.

Rich Seam Theatre, who last visited Harrogate with sell-out show Beef, present the world premiere of this hilarious double-bill, showing how our attitudes to toilets, and the royal flush, have changed over the years.

Rich Seam Theatre present Royal Flush at the Trinity Arts Centre in Gainsborough on Friday 25th October. Tickets priced at £10 and £8 are available from the Box Office by calling 01427 676655.

The Standard has teamed up with the Trinity Arts Centre to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to the performance.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets simply answer the following question. Q) In which year did Thomas Crapper get the commission to provide toilets for Queen Victoria?

Send your answer, along with your name and daytime phone number, to Royal Flush competition, Gainsborough Standard, Britannia House, Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough, DN21 2NA.

Alternatively email your entry with the same details to

The closing date for entries is Friday 11th October.

Normal Gainsborough Standard competition rules apply.