Following on from our acclaimed productions of Shadowlands’ and ‘Trip to Bountiful the
Gallery Players are delighted to bring you the fabulous farce Tons of Money. Some autumn
jollity to ease you towards the Millennium with an unashamed wallow in the past!
Alan Ayckbourn’s revised version of the first of the famous farces, originally
produced in 1922 starring the great farce actor Ralph Lynn, retains the spirit whilst altering
some of the original letter of the text changes to verbal gags, for instance, or to some of
Lynn’s uniquely personal jokes. The basic story, however, remains the same.
Unsuccessful inventor Aubrey Allington inherits the life interest in a fortune, which reverts
on his death to his cousin George Maitland. As Cousin George is thought to have died
abroad, Aubrey has the brilliant idea of “dying so that he can resurrect himself as his cousin
and thus avoid payment of his own enormous debts. But, in the best tradition of farce,
complications arise in the form of George’s wife, another Maitland imposter (the butler’s
brother) and finally the real George himself! The National Theatre produced this version
in 1986 with Michael Gambon and Simon Cadell to great success.
“Alan Ayckbourn has tidied up the script inspiringly …” Mail on Sunday
“Ayckbourn has made changes to the text the result is a spirited piece which
captures the flavour of the period …” Sunday Today
“Mr Ayckbourn’s treatment of this forgotten Aldwych crowd-pleaser is an unerring
theatrical delight …” Daily Mail