Reviewed by Louise Edwards
Out of Order, written by “Master of Farce” Ray Cooney, is currently showing at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal until 22 July. The play, originally written in 1980, is now in 2017 with references to texts and emails, UKIP, Brexit, Theresa May, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn.
All of the scenes take place in a 6th floor suite at the Westminster Hotel, where a pompous Conservative Junior Minister, Richard Willey, played by Jeffrey Harmer, has sights on an extramarital affair with Jane Worthington (played by Susie Amy) who is Jeremy Corbyn’s Secretary at the House of Commons. He calls his wife and his private secretary, George Pigden to cover his tracks before discovering a body (played by David Warwick) trapped in the defective, and with a mind of its own, sash window. Panicking and fearing being caught in the act he hides the body in a cupboard and hence opens up a can of worms that spiral out of control with funny consequences.
The show starts slowly and you see Jane Worthington spend most of the first half in her underwear as the room service waiter walks out with her dress. This does echo the Carry on films, which are now a bit dated. Once George Pigden, played by Shaun Williamson, enters the scene things do pick up and his comic timing and facial expressions can’t help to bring a smile to your face as a series of catastrophes and misunderstandings unfold. The room service waiter, played by James Holmes, and the hotel manager played by Arthur Bostrom bring an air of Fawlty Towers to the proceedings.
There are a few laugh out loud moments and if you are a fan of a farce this is an excellent night out and the audience were engaged and interested throughout.
The Nottingham Theatre Royal in located in the city centre and is easily accessible by car, with parking close by, tram and bus. There are a plethora of restaurants in the area to choose from and drinks and snacks are available from the theatre in the interval.
Tickets cost from £15 to £31.50 (booking fees may apply).
Out of Order is at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham from 17-22 July 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.trch.co.uk or call the box office on 0115 989 5555.
Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall, Theatre Square, Nottingham, NG1 5ND | 0115 989 5555