i think the idea of staging it as a stageplay has some merit. as a story, w+i is really just character and dialogue driven, rather than needing an extensive and thus expensive set, a stage version of withnail and i would be relatively simple to put together. and as promotors and theatre owners need to put bums on seats, something with a proven track record and a cult following is always going to fill the place. it also has a very small cast and requires very little staging. after all, you could, at a push, remake withnail for the stage with only a handful of set changes. i recon it might work well on stage. the only downside being the cult following of the original cast. people dont seem so obsessed about quoting (and frequently misquoting) large swathes of the films dialogue to their mates down the pub. yet the same people want to organise public floggings at the mere mention of withnails words being said by anyone other than grant!
but, its not likely to happen, as br is the rightsholder, and he has kicked it into the long grass well and truly. but if it were ever to be brought to the stage (aside from the delicious irony of withnail, the unemployed, and almost unemployable actor being portrayed by an actor on a theatre stage every day, something he never seemed to have managed in his fictional career. i can see the quote now "im a trained actor , reduced to the status of playing a trained actor reduced to the status of a bum"!!) then i would think it worth my while paying to go and see it.
"imagine the size of his balls!"