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Shady Business - Full Length Play, Comedy

Shady Business

Robin Hawdon

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Full Length Play, Comedy

5m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573622571

"Packed with high-energy and mad comedy that rarely takes a breath until its side-splitting conclusion.'' - Door County Advocate

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play



More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - The main living room of a smart London studio apartment. The play can easily be relocated to a different country/city if required.


Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Mild Adult Themes


Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage

Mandy and Tania are sexy but struggling nightclub dancers living in the heart of London's Soho nightlife, and they face a crisis. Will possessive club owner Big Mack find out about Mandy's affair with Gerry and Tania's affair with Terry, and set his sidekicks on them? Will he discover that he is owed money that was borrowed from his club's till, then gambled and lost on the club's roulette table, and then stolen back from the club's takings? Will Gerry be discovered hiding in Mandy's bathroom? Will Terry be rumbled delivering the dinner? Will Terry reveal that he is really Gerry and that Gerry is Terry? Will anyone figure out what the hell is going on, and will they all survive until the curtain comes down? The action doesn't slow down from beginning to end in this madcap farce which has already played in many theatres in Europe and America.

The recent Paris production at the Theatre Michodiere saw the play relocated to the Pigale area of Paris with great success. The production is shortly to be televised for French TV.

"Packed with high-energy and mad comedy that rarely takes a breath until its side-splitting conclusion.'' - Door County Advocate

"Produces big surprises that delight and astonish.  It is 'Sopranos' with laughing gas.'' - Green Bay Press

Shady Business was first presented by the Peninsular Players in Wisconsin in 2002.


5m, 2f

MANDY - a night-club dancer
GERRY - her boy-friend
TANIA - another dancer
TERRY - a lad-about-town
BIG MACK - a gang boss
DOZER - his side-kick
HARRY TIIE HAMMER - a loan shark
Robin Hawdon

Robin Hawdon

Robin Hawdon is a British playwright especially known for the popularity of his comedies. Mr. Hawdon’s plays are amongst the most frequently produced around the world – his name is as well known abroad as in his native Great Britain. At any one moment there are likely to be a dozen or so productions of various titles, old and new, running in various countries. Many of his plays are published ... view full profile

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