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Funny Money

Funny Money
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Ray Cooney
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 156
Pub. Date: 2011
ISBN-10: 0573695601
ISBN-13: 9780573695605
Cast Size: 2 women, 6 men

About the Play:

Funny Money is a full-length comedy by Ray Cooney. What would you do if you picked up the wrong briefcase and arrived home to find you were holding a fortune in used banknotes – but the villains who lost it will soon be after you? This brilliant farce by Britain's premier comedy playwright gives one extremely far-fetched answer!

Funny Money focuses on what happens when Henry A. Perkins, a mild mannered accountant, accidentally picks up the wrong briefcase – one full of money. Henry assumes it is illicit cash and he decides to keep it. Knowing that the former owner must have his briefcase, he rushes home to book one way fares to Barcelona. He tells his confused wife to leave everything behind; if she doesn't like Barcelona, they can go to Bali. In fact, they can buy Bali! The doorbell rings as they wait for their taxi. The police detective at the door thinks Henry was soliciting in the men's room of the local pub actually, he was sitting in the loo counting the cash. The bell rings again. Another detective arrives thinking Henry is dead; a man with bullet holes in his head and Henry's briefcase were found in the Thames. Henry's inept attempts to extricate himself from this impossible situation lead to increasingly hysterical situations. Never has this master of farce been frenetically funnier!

Funny Money premiered in 1994 at The Churchill Theatre in Bromley, Southeast London, followed by a successful two-year run in the West End. The play has been performed in regional repertory, high school, college, and community theatre productions.

Cast: 2 women, 6 men

About the Playwright:

Ray Cooney, OBE is an English playwright and actor. He began his theatrical career as a child actor in in 1946, appeared in many plays, and then began a writing career which, to date, has sent eighteen plays to the West End. In 1983 he formed the Theatre of Comedy Company (bringing together the founder members consisting of thirty West End stars) and became its first Artistic Director. During his time with the Theatre of Comedy Company and throughout his career, he has continued to act, direct, and produce while he writes.

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