A Farce by Ray Cooney

Directed by Barbara Simpson


Production Team

Directed by - Barbara Simpson
Production Manager - David Baxter
Stage Manager - Noreen Lobo
Set Design - David Baxter, Richard I'Anson, Barbara Simpson
Sound & Lighting - Richard l'Anson
Props. - Kath Broadley, Sue Bennett
Programme & Poster Logo - Noreen Lobo
Publicity - Lynne Atkinson
Prompt - Dorothy Spencer
Front of House - David Baxter & the Garrick Team


About the Play

Jean is preparing a birthday dinner for her mild mannered accountant husband. When he arrives he is not himself and suggests they emigrate to Barcelona. The reason is that Henry has found a briefcase containing £2 million. Other guests at the dinner are forced into a game of cat and mouse when two police inspectors call.

"A mechanical masterpiece of manufactured mirth" – Spectator

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 two million pounds in used banknotes?

About the Author

Ray Cooney, O.B.E.

Raymond George Alfred Cooney, OBE (born 30 May 1932) is an English playwright and actor. His biggest success, Run For Your Wife, lasted nine years in London's West End and is its longest-running comedy. He has had 17 of his plays performed there.

Cooney began acting in 1946, and appeared in many of the Whitehall farces of Brian Rix throughout the fifties and sixties. It was during this time that he co-wrote his first play One For The Pot.

Together with Tony Hilton, he co-wrote the screenplay for the British comedy film What a Carve Up! (1961), featuring Sid James and Kenneth Connor. Cooney co-wrote a farce with his son Michael, Tom, Dick and Harry.

Cooney's farces combine a traditional British bawdiness with structural complication, as characters leap
to assumptions, are forced to pretend to be things that they aren't, and often talk at cross-purposes to hilarious effect.

In 1983, Cooney created the Theatre of Comedy Company and became its artistic director. During his tenure the company produced over twenty plays such as Pygmalion starring Peter O'Toole and John Thaw, Loot, and Run For Your Wife.

Cooney has also appeared on TV and in several movies, including a movie adaptation of his successful theatrical farce Not Now, Darling (1973), which he co-wrote with John Chapman.

In 2005, Cooney was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his services to drama.

Ray Cooney is greatly admired in France where he is known as"Le Feydeau anglais" in reference to the French playwright, Georges Feydeau.