'Out of Order' at the Opera House,
RAY Cooney celebrates his 85th Birthday and 70 years in
showbiz in 2017, and to mark these momentous milestones he is working with
producer Tom O'Connell on a brand new season of his classic comedies; including
an updated production of his Olivier award winning Westminster comedy:- 'Out
Order.' Currently touring the UK,
the show features a stellar cast. 'Out of Order' is directed by
Cooney himself; who has been dubbed as:- 'The Master of Farce' by
The Telegraph. 'Out of Order' runs at the Opera House, Manchester,
from Tuesday, 30 May 2017, through to Saturday, 3 June 2017.
Ray Cooney's credits include Run For Your Wife, Funny Money and 2 Into 1, Caught
in the Net, and It Runs in the Family. 'Out of Order' was 1st
produced regionally in 1980, under the original title:- 'Whose Wife is it
Anyway,' with Cooney playing George Pigden. The show was subsequently
produced in the West End in 1990 starring Donald Sinden, Sandra Dickinson and
Michael Williams, with Cooney directing.
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!"
When Tory Junior Minister Richard Willey tries to spend the
evening with Jane, 1 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 with the addition of an unscrupulous waiter, Mrs
Willey and Nurse Foster things really come to a head!
Shaun Williamson (EastEnders, Extras) stars as George Pigden; Sue
Holderness (Only Fools and Horses, Green Green Grass) as Mrs Willey; Jeffrey
Harmer (Out of Order, Fox on the Fairway) as Richard Willey; Susie Amy
(Footballers' Wives) as Jane Worthington; James Holmes (Miranda) as the Waiter;
Arthur Bostrom ('Allo 'Allo) as the Hotel Manager, with Elizabeth Elvin as Nurse
Foster; Jules Brown as Ronnie Worthington, and David Warwick as the Body.
Completing the cast are Raphael Bar, Simon Murray, and Kate Sawyer.
David Warwick has been involved in 'Out of Order' since 1990, when
he played the Body in the try out at Leatherhead's Thorndike Theatre (under its
initial title of Whose Wife is it Anyway), then in the West End at the
Shaftesbury Theatre, and the subsequent national tour. He went on to direct the
play in the UK (Bournemouth and Sonning), Vienna, the Far East (Singapore and
Kuala Lumpur), and the USA (Miami and New Jersey). He has also played Pigden and
the Hotel Manager. While Jeffrey Harmer previously played Richard Willey in a
production of Out of Order for Vienna's English Theatre in 2009.
Out of Order is produced by Tom O'Connell, Debbie Hicks and Laurence Myers, with
design by Rebecca Brower, lighting by Jack Weir, sound by James Nicholson, and
casting by Marc Frankum CDG.
Book now at:-
ATGTickets.Com/Manchester or by calling the
Box Office on:- 0844 871 3018.