Ray Cooney comedy Out of Order set for 2017 UK tour

Out of Order. Image Darren Bell.
Out of Order. Image Darren Bell.

Ray Cooney’s classic comedy, Out of Order, starring a cast of TV favourites is set to tour the UK in 2017.

The Olivier Award-winning comedy returns to the stage in a gleeful new production – and with a new name – directed Cooney, who is celebrating seventy years in the industry, and starring Shaun Williamson (EastEnders, Extras), Sue Holderness (Only Fools & Horses, Green Green Grass), Andrew Hall Butterflies, Coronation Street), Susie Amy (Footballers’ Wives) and James Holmes (Miranda).

The production will open in Guildford in March and tour until July.


When Tory Junior Minister Richard Willey (Hall) 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. 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.

Ray Cooney’s credits include Run For Your Wife, Funny Money and Two Into One, Caught in the Net and It Runs in the Family.

Out of Order was first produced regionally in 1980, under the original title ‘Whose Wife is it Anyway’, with Cooney in the show. It was subsequently produced in the West End in 1990 starring Donald Sinden, Sandra Dickinson and Michael Williams, with Cooney directing.

Ray Cooney said: “It has become one of my favourite plays, having directed it in London, and all over the world, and hearing all that wonderful raucous laughter from audiences.

“I’ve up-dated it to present day and, fortunately, the basic premise of a philandering MP is as likely today as it was when the play was originally written!”


March 8–11, Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford
March 20-25, Theatre Royal Brighton
March 27-April 1, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
April 3-8, Richmond Theatre
April 10-15, New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
April 17-22, Theatre Royal, Glasgow
May 2-6, Hall for Cornwall, Truro
May 8-13, Malvern Theatre
May 167-20, New Theatre Cardiff
May 22-27, Newcastle Theatre Royal
May 29-June 3, Manchester Opera House
June 5-10, Orchard Theatre Dartford
June 20-24, Churchill Bromley
June 26-July 1, Oxford New Theatre
July 3-8, Swansea Grand
July 10-15, Palace Theatre, Southend
July 17-22, Nottingham Theatre Royal.

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