The master of farce, Ray Cooney, celebrates 70 years in showbiz with a new production of his political comedy Out Of Order. It comes to the Theatre Royal, Nottingham, with an all-star cast.
The Olivier Award-winning Westminster comedy has been updated for its latest tour and is in Nottingham from Monday to a week on Saturday (July 17-22).
When Tory junior minister Richard Willey tries to spend the evening with Jane, one of the Opposition’s secretaries, in the Westminster Hotel, things don’t exactly go according to plan — starting with the discovery of a body trapped in the hotel’s only unreliable sash window.
Enlisting the help of his hapless private secretary, George Pigden, Willey’s sticky situation goes from bad to worse, and with the arrival of Jane’s distraught young husband and the addition of an unscrupulous waiter, Mrs Willey, and Nurse Foster things really come to a head.
Ray Cooney said: “Having directed my Olivier Award-winning play in London and all over the world, and hearing all that wonderful raucous laughter from audiences, it has become one of my favourite plays.
“I’ve updated it to present day and, fortunately, the basic premise of a philandering politician is as likely today as it was when the play was originally written.”
Former Eastenders and Extras star Shaun Williamson takes the part of the hapless George Pigden.
The cast also includes Sue Holderness, of Only Fools And Horses and Green Green Grass fame; Jeffrey Harmer, of Out Of Order; Susie Amy, of Footballers’ Wives; Miranda’s James Holmes; and Arthur Bostrom, of ‘Allo ‘Allo.
David Warwick, who plays The Body, has been involved in Out Of Order since 1990, when he played same role in the tryout at Leatherhead’s Thorndike Theatre.