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Theatre Review: ‘Funny Money’ at Sheringham Little Theatre

PUBLISHED: 08:25 26 July 2019

The cast of �Funny Money� at Sheringham Little Theatre. Picture: Andi Sapey

The cast of �Funny Money� at Sheringham Little Theatre. Picture: Andi Sapey

Andi Sapey

Sheringham Little Theatre’s sizzling Summer Theatre season kicked off in hilarious style on Thursday night with the frenetic Ray Cooney farce ‘Funny Money’.

A scene from �Funny Money� at Sheringham Little Theatre. Picture: Andi SapeyA scene from �Funny Money� at Sheringham Little Theatre. Picture: Andi Sapey

Directed by Gillian King, the energetic tale of a large and unexpected cash windfall and the subsequent moral repositioning in brittle suburbia of the recipients, crackled and fizzed along at a tremendous pace, raising plenty of laughs along the way.

Fast-track alcoholic Jean (played by Jenny Johns) and her pop-eyed optimist husband Henry (Rupert Mason) both hit the right note from the off, setting the correct pace and tone. The rest of the professional cast all contributed enjoyably; with Andrew Laithwaite's understated menace, Will Nash's excellently-timed comic confusion, and Lauren Verrier's deliberately melodramatic gestures all hitting the spot.

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The set was detailed and convincing as a 1980s living room; with the added unexpected treat of a ceiling set and low-slung lighting rig, adding a noir feel to the more sinister parts of the play as the lifesize shadows fought and danced upstage.

A fantastic opening night for the venue, cast, crew - and most of all the audience. A wonderfully entertaining evening.

Performances for 'Funny Money' run until Wednesday 31st July. Tickets available online or by telephone on 01263 822347. Price: £14.00 - £21.00.

SLT's Summer Theatre season continues with Frederick Knott's 'Dial 'M' for Murder' (2nd - 7th August), Alan Ayckbourn's 'Absurd Person Singular' (9th - 17th August), James Cawood's 'Sunkissed' (21st - 28th August), and The Goodale Brothers' 'Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense' (30th August - 4th September).

CHRIS SADLER


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