Ray Cooney’s Out of Order | Theatre Royal Brighton


Just home from seeing Ray Cooney’s Out Of Order at the Theatre Royal Brighton and my sides actually hurt from laughing so much! I have seen many comedy plays on stage and this has got to be one of the best!


What is it about?
Government Junior Minister Mr Willy plans to spend the evening with one of the Opposition’s secretaries  in the Westminster Hotel but things go disastrously wrong! They discover a body trapped in the hotel’s sash window, and have to decide what to do to get out of this tricky situation!


Out of Order was written in 1990 by playwright Ray Cooney and enjoyed a long run at the Shaftesbury Theatre starring Donald Sinden and Michael Williams. Since then the play has been adapted for several countries and returned to stage in 2017 with an all-star cast.

One of the funniest shows I have seen! Slapstick comedy which every sense of humour will understand. Simple stageing as it’s all about the laughs! Great night out for the whole family!

I literally recognised everyone! Shaun Williamson who you will probably know as Barry in Eastenders or from his hilarious appearances in Extras! Shaun was just as funny on stage as he is on TV, his comical timing and facial expressions had me laughing throughout.

The second half of the play introduced Mr Willys wife played by Only Fools & Horses legend Sue Holderness! This woman is 67 years old but literally looked incredible on stage (in a non creepy way!)

James Holmes who I recognise as the camp bar tender in comedy series Miranda was “room service” and kept popping up every 10 minutes to make the audience laugh which they DID! Every time!

The show also features Footballers Wives star Susie Amy who I have seen in a similar comedy role before and was excellent, some great hilarious scenes starring Amy. Mr Willy who the show is all about was played by Andrew Hall, famous for his roles in Butterflies and Coronation Street! Great leading man who worked well with every character.

Arthur Bostrom famous for Allo Allo played the role of Hotel Manager who on a few occasions walked in on Mr Willy in several very compromising positions! VERY FUNNY! Also Jules Brown’s character Ronnie and Elizabeth Elvin as Nurse Gladys Foster was a great addition to the show!


Out Of Order is at the Theatre Royal Brighton until Saturday 25th March with shows every evening at 7:45pm and 2 matinees Thurs/Sat at 2.30pm. Click Here to book.

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