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West End Openings:

1961 - ONE FOR THE POT
1964 - CHASE ME COMRADE
1965 - CHARLIE GIRL
1967 - BANG BANG BEIRUT
1968 - MY GIDDY AUNT
1968 - NOT NOW DARLING
1971 - MOVE OVER MRS MARKHAM
1973 - WHY NOT STAY FOR BREAKFAST
1974 - THERE GOES THE BRIDE
1977 - ELVIS
1981 - HER ROYAL HIGHNESS
1982 - RUN FOR YOUR WIFE!
1984 - TWO INTO ONE
1985 - WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY
1990 - OUT OF ORDER
1992 - IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY
1995 - FUNNY MONEY!

2001 - CAUGHT IN THE NET
2005 - TOM, DICK AND HARRY
201? -
TWICE UPON A TIME

 

Last updated 19th January 2012

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PLEASE NOTE!

NOTHING in our licences [for the plays written by Ray Cooney or Michael Cooney] gives the right to Film, Video or Audio record a performance. A separate agreement can be applied for in writing, for Archive records only (NOT for public exhibition) and such applications will not be reasonably refused. However, placing any excerpts on YouTube, Facebook etc. is likely to be in contravention of the copyright laws and possibly a criminal offence.

 

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Synopses:

ONE FOR THE POT

CHASE ME COMRADE

CHARLIE GIRL

BANG BANG BEIRUT

MY GIDDY AUNT

NOT NOW DARLING

MOVE OVER MRS MARKHAM

WHY NOT STAY FOR BREAKFAST

THERE GOES THE BRIDE

ELVIS

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS

RUN FOR YOUR WIFE!

TWO INTO ONE

WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY

TIME’S UP

ONE GOOD TURN

OUT OF ORDER

IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY

FUNNY MONEY!

CAUGHT IN THE NET

TOM, DICK AND HARRY

TWICE UPON A TIME

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ONE FOR THE POT

One would imagine that it’s not difficult to give £10,000 to the son of your deceased best friend. The problem for Mr. Hardcastle is that he didn’t know his best friend had four sons – and that they were identical quadruplets! And he didn’t expect all four (now grown up) to arrive on his doorstep at the same time, claiming the money.
Ray’s first play and in collaboration with Tony Hilton, offers a wonderful leading role for the young comedy actor playing the four identical quadruplets – an innocent simple lad, a sophisticated man–of-the-world, an Irish rogue and a suave Frenchman. The actor also gets to play...but that would be giving too much away. Its original London production ran for four and a half years.


CAST 7 men 4 women
ONE SET

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CHASE ME COMRADE

In the 1960s Nureyev, the famous Russian ballet dancer, defected to the West. It was a dramatic story of intrigue and high-level connivance. Just after the event Ray wrote CHASE ME COMRADE – the story of a defecting Russian ballet dancer involved in intrigue and connivance at the highest level. During its three year London run Nureyev himself saw the play several times and laughed as much as the rest of the audience.


CAST 7 men 3 women
ONE SET

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CHARLIE GIRL


Ray’s first musical co-written with Hugh and Margaret Williams. It proved to be a huge, popular success and ran for over five years in London’s Adelphi Theatre.


All enquiries to
Peter Murphy at CURTIS BROWN
Tel: 020 7396 6600 (from abroad +44 20 7396 6600)

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BANG BANG BEIRUT

A British Secret Service Agent’s attempt to smuggle a young boy King out of a Middle-East country is complicated when the Agent has to involve the assistance of a pair of touring theatre performers. This comedy, written with Tony Hilton in 1965, was very much ‘of is time’ and is not amongst Ray’s regularly performed plays.


CAST 7 men 4 women
ONE SET

No longer available

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MY GIDDY AUNT


Once more there is a marvellous leading role for someone to portray more than one role. An actress this time and she plays an eccentric, domineering Dowager Duchess and her twin sister, a down-to- earth cockney charlady
The piece is set in India and , although it has all the laughs you’d expect from a Cooney-Chapman comedy, there are twists a-plenty in this spoof of a thriller.


CAST 5 men 2 women
ONE SET


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NOT NOW DARLING


Gilbert Bodley is determined to give his girlfriend a mink coat. There is a problem – Gilbert is married. Another problem – the girlfriend is married. So Gilbert persuades her best friend, Arnold, to assist in a devious plot – which produces more problems. NOT NOW DARLING was the first of many international hits from Ray and John Chapman.

CAST 5 men 6 women
ONE SET


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MOVE OVER MRS MARKHAM


Mr and Mrs Markham have only one bedroom in their apartment. Against his better judgement, Mr Markham allows his friend, Mr Lodge, to borrow the bedroom for one evening to engage in a romance with Miss Wilkinson. Against her better judgement, Mrs Markham allows Mrs Lodge to borrow the bedroom for an evening with Walter. Against her better judgement, the maid allows the interior decorator to persuade her to spend an evening with him in the Markham’s bedroom. Oh, yes – it’s the same evening!

CAST 4 men 5 women
ONE SET

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WHY NOT STAY FOR BREAKFAST

One critic said of this delightful comedy, “Lots of laughter and a few tears”.
George, a hardened bachelor in his late thirties, is preparing dinner for himself in his apartment when there’s a knock at the door. It’s Louise, a seventeen-year-old “hippie” girl who’s walked out on her boyfriend from the apartment above and wants to borrow the money for her train fare back home. George is horrified – not at the request for finance but by the fact that Louise is, quite clearly, 9 months pregnant. Before the evening is out George has delivered the feisty Louise’s baby and his life will never be the same again.


CAST 2 men 1 woman 3 walk-ons
ONE SET


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THERE GOES THE BRIDE


Timothy Westerby is overworked, underpaid, stressed-out, and his daughter is getting married in what he thinks is an overly-lavish and overly-expensive ceremony. Timothy is ripe for a nervous breakdown – and, on the morning of the wedding, he has one! It takes the form of ‘Polly’, the most gorgeous, voluptuous girl who just wants to give herself to Timothy – the pity is, she’s an apparition. The fact is, of course not apparent to Timothy who is convinced that Polly is totally real and is delighted to have this sexy guest at the wedding. Timothy’s wife, his mother-in-law, his daughter and the groom’s parents take a different view!

CAST 4 men 4 women
ONE SET


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ELVIS

Written as a celebration of the life of Elvis Presley, this musical was a huge success in London and subsequently equally successful on a world tour of Europe, Australia, Canada and Japan. It’s one of Ray’s rare departures from comedy but has all the theatrical hallmarks that make his work so special. Elvis’s life is told through the eyes of three performers portraying Elvis – the young Elvis starting out, the mature successful movie star who finally fades and the triumphant re-emergence of the older Elvis at Las Vegas.


CAST 7 men/singers 4 women/singers 10 musicians


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HER ROYAL HIGHNESS

The successful formula of one actor playing dual roles is repeated in this collaboration with Royce Ryton. This gift of a part (two parts) for a young actress sees her doubling as Princess Diana and an up-front, outspoken Australia girl from the Outback.
This comedy-drama purports to tell the ‘true’ story of Diana during the week before her wedding. The young bride-to-be loses courage and flees to a secret hideout. However, with all that is at stake, the wedding to Charles must go ahead – a ‘double’ for Diana has to be found and schooled within the week. The best look-alike is found in a shanty town in Australia! During the course of the next week the play charts a happy course between romantic comedy, thriller and drama.

Owing to subsequent events in the tragic life of the real Diana, this play is not available for performance at the present time.

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RUN FOR YOUR WIFE!


John Smith is a taxi driver and very ordinary – except that he has two wives. He has a lovely wife and a perfect existence in Streatham and a lovely wife and a perfect existence in Wimbledon. And he flits between Streatham and Wimbledon – a distance of only 2 miles – like an over-sexed bumble bee.
This could have gone on forever except that one day a policeman...but that would be giving the game away. RUN FOR YOUR WIFE ran for over eight years in London followed by a New York production. It was described by the critics as “British comedy at its best” and is constantly being revived all over the world.

CAST 6 men 2 women
ONE SET

RUN FOR YOUR WIFE! by Ray Cooney opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 1983 at the same time as he formed the Theatre of Comedy there, and included in its roll of honour are such names as Richard Briers, Bernard Cribbins, James Bolam, Rodney Bewes, Ian Ogilvy, Terry Scott, Lionel Jeffries, Henry McGee, Stratford Johns, Bill Pertwee, Windsor Davies, Ralph Bates, Jack Watling, Sophie Lawrence, Una Stubbs, Aimi Macdonald, Ian Lavender, Robin Askwith and Britt Ekland. “We changed the cast every three months so we could get interesting TV names to fit it in between their TV series,” said Ray, “and it was a very happy time. We had about 20 different casts over a period of twelve years in the West End, and a lot of people came back to do it again because it was such fun.”
One of the regulars during the play’s 25-year history has been Eric Sykes who probably played Porterhouse more than anyone, and formed a Porterhouse club for fellow actors such as Alfred Marks, Lionel Jeffries and Dennis Ramsden, who played the detective sergeant over the years. It is still touring the country 25 years on! Ray himself is no stranger to the cast list. He both acted in and directed the play on Broadway, appeared in it in Florida and, more recently, ‘had such fun’ playing Bobby in a cruise ship production. “Acting for me is an indulgence,” he added.

Ray describes each of his 20 stage comedies as ‘the most enjoyable when it’s your ‘baby’ and you are in that stage of production’, but says that because of the length of its London run, RUN FOR YOUR WIFE! is perhaps the best known. “To me it seems to be one of my most recent plays; I can’t believe it’s 26 years since we first tried it out in Guildford. But there have been over 500 productions of it all over the world, from America and Canada to Argentina and South Korea and Iceland to Australia, while the number of performances over the years must run into the hundreds of thousands. And it’s been translated into 35 languages… Japanese, Chinese, Russian. French, German, Spanish, Italian. It would be easier to say which languages it hasn’t been performed in. “I wrote farce because I was an actor who appeared in a lot of farces and I did not realise how much I had learned,” he continued. “To write my kind of plays you need to understand what it’s like to be on stage.”

Clare Brotherwood

A few of the casts are listed below. Many actors wanted to come back and play a different part.


YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE

MARY SMITH – CAROL HAWKINS
BARBARA SMITH – HELEN GILL
JOHN SMITH – RAY COONEY
DET SGT TROUGHTON – PETER BLAKE
STANLEY GARDENER – ROYCE MILLS
REPORTER – ARTHUR BOSTRUM
DET SGT PORTERHOUSE – BILL PERTWEE
BOBBY FRANKLYN – JIMMY THOMPSON
LADY VISITOR – JAN GOODMAN


SHAFTESBURY THEATRE

MARY SMITH – CAROL HAWKINS
BARBARA SMITH – HELEN GILL
JOHN SMITH – RICHARD BRIERS
DET SGT TROUGHTON – PETER BLAKE
STANLEY GARDENER – BERNARD CRIBBINS
REPORTER – SAM COX
DET SGT PORTERHOUSE – BILL PERTWEE
BOBBY FRANKLYN – ROYCE MILLS

SHAFTESBURY THEATRE

MARY SMITH – CAROL HAWKINS
BARBARA SMITH – HELEN GILL
JOHN SMITH – JAMES BOLAM
DET SGT TROUGHTON – SAM COX
STANLEY GARDENER – IAN OGILVY
REPORTER – STUART SHERWIN
DET SGT PORTERHOUSE – STRATFORD JOHNS
BOBBY FRANKLYN – ROYCE MILLS


SHAFTESBURY THEATRE

MARY SMITH – ANNA DAWSON
BARBARA SMITH – HELEN GILL
JOHN SMITH – TERRY SCOTT
DET SGT TROUGHTON – SAM COX
STANLEY GARDENER – ERIC SYKES
REPORTER – STUART SHERWIN
DET SGT PORTERHOUSE – BILL PERTWEE
BOBBY FRANKLYN – ROYCE MILLS


CRITERION THEATRE

MARY SMITH – JACKI PIPER
BARBARA SMITH – ANITA GRAHAM
JOHN SMITH – DEREK FOWLDS
DET SGT TROUGHTON – SAM COX
STANLEY GARDENER – ROYCE MILLS
REPORTER - PAUL RATCLIFFE
DET SGT PORTERHOUSE – ALFRED MARKS
BOBBY FRANKLYN – BRIAN GODFREY

CRITERION THEATRE

MARY SMITH – PATRICIA BRAKE
BARBARA SMITH – HELEN GILL
JOHN SMITH – RALPH BATES
DET SGT TROUGHTON – RON ALDRIDGE
STANLEY GARDENER – BRIAN MURPHY
REPORTER – MICHAEL BOOTHE
DET SGT PORTERHOUSE – LIONEL JEFFRIES
BOBBY FRANKLYN – GRAHAM JONES


CRITERION THEATRE

MARY SMITH – LINDA HAYDEN
BARBARA SMITH – HELEN GILL
JOHN SMITH – DAVID MCCALLUM
DET SGT TROUGHTON – GARETH HUNT
STANLEY GARDENER – DEREK GRIFFITHS
REPORTER – GREGORY PHILLIPS
DET SGT PORTERHOUSE – WINDSOR DAVIES
BOBBY FRANKLYN – DAVID MASTERMAN


CRITERION THEATRE

MARY SMITH – UNA STUBBS
BARBARA SMITH – AIMI MACDONALD
JOHN SMITH – RAY COONEY
DET SGT TROUGHTON – GARETH HUNT
STANLEY GARDENER – JOHN QUAYLE
REPORTER – JOHN HUGHES
DET SGT PORTERHOUSE – DENNIS RAMSDEN
BOBBY FRANKLYN – ROYCE MILLS


ALDWYCH THEATRE


MARY SMITH – JACQUELINE CLARKE
BARBARA SMITH – JUDY GRAHAM
JOHN SMITH – TERRY SCOTT
DET SGT TROUGHTON – RON ALDRIDGE
STANLEY GARDENER – DEREK GRIFFITHS
REPORTER – MICHAEL COTTERILL
DET SGT PORTERHOUSE – ERIC SYKES
BOBBY FRANKLYN – PAUL TOOTHILL


DUCHESS THEATRE

MARY SMITH – CAROL HAWKINS
BARBARA SMITH – LORRAINE CHASE
JOHN SMITH – RALPH BATES
DET SGT TROUGHTON – RON ALDRIDGE
STANLEY GARDENER – TERRY SCOTT
REPORTER – JOHN HUGHES
DET SGT PORTERHOUSE – WINDSOR DAVIES
BOBBY FRANKLYN – BARRIE GOSNEY


DUCHESS THEATRE

MARY SMITH – TRICIA THORNS
BARBARA SMITH – CAROLYN LISTER
JOHN SMITH – RAY COONEY
DET SGT TROUGHTON – RON ALDRIDGE
STANLEY GARDENER – IAN TALBOT
REPORTER – MICHAEL COTTERILL
DET SGT PORTERHOUSE – WINDSOR DAVIES
BOBBY FRANKLYN – BRIAN GODFREY


WHITEHALL THEATRE

MARY SMITH – JACQUELINE CLARKE
BARBARA SMITH – JUDY GRAHAM
JOHN SMITH – TERRY SCOTT
DET SGT TROUGHTON – RON ALDRIDGE
STANLEY GARDENER – LESLIE LAWTON
REPORTER – MICHAEL COTTERILL
DET SGT PORTERHOUSE – ERIC SYKES
BOBBY FRANKLYN – PAUL TOOTHILL


WHITEHALL THEATRE

MARY SMITH – KAY WALBYE
BARBARA SMITH – HILARY LABOW
JOHN SMITH – RAY COONEY
DET SGT TROUGHTON – GARETH HUNT
STANLEY GARDENER – HENRY MCGEE
REPORTER – DOUG STENDER
DET SGT PORTERHOUSE – DENNIS RAMSDEN
BOBBY FRANKLYN – GAVIN REED


WHITEHALL THEATRE

MARY SMITH – CAROL HAWKINS
BARBARA SMITH – HEATHER ALEXANDER
JOHN SMITH – JEFFREY HOLLAND
DET SGT TROUGHTON – KEN FARRINGTON
STANLEY GARDENER – PAUL SHANE
REPORTER – MICHAEL BOOTHE
DET SGT PORTERHOUSE – WINDSOR DAVIES
BOBBY FRANKLYN – BRIAN GODFREY


VIRGINIA THEATRE-BROADWAY & US TOUR

MARY SMITH – KAY WALBYE
BARBARA SMITH – HILARY LABOW
JOHN SMITH – RAY COONEY
DET SGT TROUGHTON – GARETH HUNT
STANLEY GARDENER – PAXTON WHITEHEAD
REPORTER – DOUG STENDER
DET SGT PORTERHOUSE – DENNIS RAMSDEN
BOBBY FRANKLYN – GAVIN REED

UK TOUR

MARY SMITH – JAN HUNT
BARBARA SMITH – MAYA WOOLFE
JOHN SMITH – RODNEY BEWES
DET SGT TROUGHTON – ANTHONY VERNER
STANLEY GARDENER – BARRY KILLERBY
REPORTER – PAUL BARKER
DET SGT PORTERHOUSE – CHRISTOPHER SCOULAR
BOBBY FRANKLYN – GRAHAM JAMES


UK TOUR

JEFFREY HOLLAND
DAVID CALLISTER
SOPHIE LAWRENCE
ERIC POTTS
NICK WILTON
NICOLA BOYCE
TERRY O’SULLIVAN


UK TOUR

ERIC SYKES
ROBIN ASKWITH
BRITT EKLAND
IAN LAVENDER
RON ALDRIDGE
KATE O’SULLIVAN
BRIAN GODFREY

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TWO INTO ONE


If you are a Cabinet Minister in the government it is not easy to arrange to spend a night in a London hotel with a young lady. The problem is not so much that the Minister and the young lady are both married (not to each other obviously!) but that the young lady is the personal secretary to the Leader of the Opposition.
Richard Willey (the Cabinet Minister) makes the mistake of enlisting the assistance of his own secretary, George Pigden. Before the end of the evening George’s intervention has resulted in Richard’s wife and the young lady’s husband turning up at the hotel. Add to this a wily waiter, a suspicious hotel manager and a puritanical Member of Parliament and you have all the ingredients of a Cooney comedy which made it the hit of the year both in London and Paris.

CAST 5 men 3 women 3 walk-ons
ONE MULTIPLE SET


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WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY


As with WHY NOT STAY FOR BREAKFAST, WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY was an American collaboration, and once again, is a delightful mixture of comedy and pathos. It tells the story of George who, believing he has a happy marriage, is more than shattered to be told by Linda, his wife of 18 years, that she is going to leave him.
With advice from their son, George’s elderly father, Roger (George’s best friend) and a little help from the cocktail cabinet, George takes a hazardous course to rejuvenate his marriage.

CAST 4 men 2 women
ONE SET


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TIME’S UP


When Peter visits a hypnotherapist as a last desperate attempt to quit smoking his life is thrown into turmoil when he is inadvertently “regressed” to an earlier existence. As this previous life involves a gorgeous girl, Peter is keen to be “regressed” as often as possible – until he learns what his occupation was in his previous life! This unusual comedy received a try-out production at The Theatre Royal, Windsor in 1997 and is, at the moment, being re-written for a further try-out in the future.

This play is no longer available as Ray, along with Chris Walker, has re-written it as a musical called TWICE UPON A TIME

For more information on the musical, go to www.twiceuponatime.co.uk

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ONE GOOD TURN


Ray’s adaptation of a successful French comedy is, at present, not available for performance.

CAST 5 men 2 women


Not available.

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OUT OF ORDER


This sequel to TWO INTO ONE finds Richard Willey in the Westminster hotel once again. It’s a different young lady this time but a far worse problem arises – in the shape of a dead body stuck in the window of their suite. As Richard shouldn’t be with the young lady in the first place he can’t report the body to either the hotel management or the police so (foolish fellow) he, once more, enlists the aid of George Pigden. Richard’s wife, the wily waiter and the suspicious hotel manager from TWO INTO ONE are again on hand to add to the mayhem which includes a private detective (where did he come from?) and George’s mother’s nurse (where did she come from?)
OUT OF ORDER won London’s Lawrence Olivier Award for “Comedy of the Year” and went on to be another world-wide hit.

CAST 6 men 4 women
ONE SET

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IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY


If you are a leading surgeon in London’s most prestigious hospital and you are delivering the “Lecture of the Year” to a hundred of the world’s leading physicians, the last thing you want is a distraught mistress from 20 years ago turning up.
Well Dr. Mortimer can cope with that, but when the erstwhile mistress says that the result of their past union was a baby boy, he is more than gobsmacked. And when the ex-mistress then tells him that the baby boy, now a strapping sixteen-year old, is waiting outside to be introduced, there is only one course of action – send for faithful friend, Dr. Bonney.
Typical Cooney complications ensue involving a police sergeant, Dr. Mortimor’s wife, a severe hospital matron and Dr. Bonney’s mother, although why Dr. Bonney has to impersonate both matron and Al Jolson is too complicated to explain here.

CAST 6 men 5 women
ONE SET

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FUNNY MONEY!


Following its two-year London run, the French version became one of Paris’s longest running productions when it ran for over three years. It’s a play that everyone can relate to. What would you do if you picked up the wrong briefcase on your way home from the office? Take it the police, of course. But what if the briefcase contained nearly a million pounds in used banknotes? Well, what Henry Perkins did - ! Suffice to say that Henry’s wife ends up with a nervous breakdown, Henry ends up with his best friend’s wife, and a drug dealer ends up with Henry’s briefcase. There are also two policemen and a taxi driver whose lives will never be the same again.


CAST 6 men 2 women
ONE SET


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CAUGHT IN THE NET


This play is a sequel to RUN FOR YOUR WIFE.
We find John Smith eighteen years later, still happily married to his two unsuspecting wives. He now has a sixteen-year old son, Gavin, by Barbara in Streatham, and a fifteen-year old daughter, Vicki, by

in Wimbledon.
One day Gavin and Vicki happen to meet surfing the internet and are amazed at the coincidences concerning their respective (!) fathers: both are called ‘John Smith’; both are aged 43; and, surprise, surprise, both are taxi drivers.
Vicki can’t understand her Dad’s vehement reaction when she tells him, firstly, of the amazing coincidence and, secondly, that she’s invited Gavin round to meet him and Mum, John spends the next two hours attempting to stop the inevitable.
CAUGHT IN THE NET received a marvellous reception at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End, where the critics received it with absolute delight: “It’s sheer joy from beginning to end”, “It has been a while since I cried laughing at the theatre, and what a joy it is when it happens”


CAST 4 men 3 women
ONE SET


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TOM, DICK & HARRY

TOM, DICK & HARRY finished its season at the Duke of York’s Theatre on October 29th 2005. In the cast were Joe McGann, Hannah Waterman, Stephen McGann, Mark McGann, Brian Greene, Sarah Wateridge, Mark Wingett, Louise Jameson and David Warwick.

Tom and his wife are adopting a baby. It’s the happiest day of their lives – or it would have been if Tom’s brothers, Dick and Harry, hadn’t decided to help.
The result of Dick and Harry’s ‘assistance’ produces two illegal immigrants, a dead body and a van load of contraband cigarettes.


With the arrival of the Supervisor from the Adoption Agency and the local Police Constable Tom’s ingenuity is stretched to the limit. But things couldn’t get worse, could they? Oh, yes they could!


The ever-helpful plans of Dick and Harry continue to go haywire and, in addition to the immigrants, the cigarettes and the dead body, they further lumber Tom with a Russian Mafia Mobster and a reality TV programme. Then it starts to get complicated!!

Ray & Michael Cooney

CLICK HERE TO READ REVIEWS OF WEST END PRODUCTION OF
TOM, DICK & HARRY

Click here for link to comments by Ray during rehearsals of the West End production

CAST 6 Men 3 Women
ONE SET.

Not available for amateur performances in the UK

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TWICE UPON A TIME

Steven Tancred, a young lawyer has been told by his Boss to quit smoking. Our show starts with Steven visiting a hypnotherapist, Dr. Patel, who is assisting in this endeavour. In a trance, Steven is inadvertently regressed to a previous existence in 1929 Chicago – when he was a young guy called Johnny May who is a reluctant mobster with Bugs Moran’s gang. Johnny has fallen for a gorgeous nightclub singer named Ruby and wants to escape Bugs and the mob to go and live with Ruby on a farm. Slight complication – Ruby is Bugs Moran’s ‘broad’.

Back in the present day a confused and agitated Steven sifts through all the old press cuttings of 1929 and discovers that Bugs Moran was a Mobster who actually existed (he did too!) and, moreover, the greying photos of Bugs are just as Steven saw him in his regressed state. Steven’s amazement turns to horror when he sees a press cutting headed ‘St. Valentine’s day Massacre’ – he is even more horrified to read that every member of Bugs’ gang was wiped out by his arch rival Al Capone. His horror turns to disbelief when he reads that Johnny May was one of the gang who was slaughtered. The photo of Johnny May could be that of Steven.

Because Steven’s law firm is involved in a high-profile law suit, Steven’s colleague, Jeff, gets more and more irate with Steven when Steven insists on having daily ‘regression’ sessions with Dr. Patel in a desperate effort to somehow prevent Johnny from getting killed in the massacre. Barbara, Steven’s fiancé, is also furious with Steven at his lack of concentration on their up-coming wedding and his besotted involvement with the past – especially Ruby!

As one can’t change the past – which Jeff tries to get through to the almost deranged Steven – it might be considered impossible for TWICE UPON A TIME
to have a happy ending. But, as Dr. Patel points out to Steven, there is a reason for being regressed to a previous existence.
And true love conquers anything!


With the story and book by Ray Cooney and the music by Chris Walker and Keith Strachan,
TWICE UPON A TIME is assured of having lots of laughter and a few tears as the scenes zip between the London of today and the Ragtime of 1929 Chicago. It’s also something of a challenge for the actor playing Steven/Johnny as he ‘doubles’ the two characters!!

CAST 6 men 6 women plus Ensemble of at least 10 singers/dancers
SET Multiple

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SAMUEL FRENCH LTD AT www.samuelfrench.com

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RAY COONEY PLAYS at info@raycooneyplays.co.uk
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