Review: Out Of Order at Manchester Opera House


The Farce has enjoyed a revival recently & Out of Order, an Oliver Award Winning Play, written by Ray Cooney was well attended on it’s opening night at The Manchester Opera House.

It’s set at the posh Westminister Hotel in room 648. A room booked by a conservative politician, Mr Wiley, to enjoy an illicit night of passion with Mr Corbyn’s beautiful and scantily clad secretary, Jane (Susie Amy).

All goes quickly awry with the discovery of a body trapped in the sash window of their room.

In an attempt to save his reputation, Mr Wiley, played by Jeffrey Harmer, plans to hide the body with the help of his harassed & hapless private secretary, Mr Pigden. It is unceremoniously hoisted onto a hook in the cupboard door, which tends to swing open at the most inappropriate moments!

The first half sets the scene with the unexpected arrival of the wife, played by Sue Holderness, from Only Fools and Horses, the nurse, Miss Foster (Elizabeth Elvin) & the irate husband out for revenge.

More chaos descends in the 2nd half, with people in and out of banging doors and slamming sash window as Wiley’s fabricated stories become more absurd and even poor Mr Pidgeon having to seduce Mrs Wiley and Nurse Foster in an attempt to help shield his errant boss.

Out of Order promises dark twists & turns & a good laugh for everyone. Find out more here.