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Tons of Money (revised, Ayckbourn) - Full Length Play, Comedy

Tons of Money (revised, Ayckbourn)

Alan Ayckbourn, Will Evans, Arthur Valentine

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Full Length Play, Comedy

6m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573016714

Will Evans and Valentine
Revised by Alan Ayckbourn
"A spirited piece which captures the flavor of the period." - Sunday Today

"Mr. Aychbourn's treatment of this... crowd pleaser is an unerring theatrical delight." - Daily Mail

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Alan Ayckbourn's version of the first of the famous Aldwych farces was produced by the National Theatre. It is the story of an unsuccessful inventor who inherits the life interest in a fortune which is to revert on his death to his cousin George Maitland. As Cousin George is thought to have died abroad, the inventor has the brilliant idea of "dying" so that he can resurrect himself as his cousin and avoid paying his enormous debts. Complications arise in the form of George's wife, another Maitland imposter (the butler's brother) and finally the real George Maitland himself!


"A spirited piece which captures the flavor of the period." - Sunday Today

"Mr. Aychbourn's treatment of this... crowd pleaser is an unerring theatrical delight." - Daily Mail



6m, 4f

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Alan Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn has spent his life in theatre, rarely if ever tempted by television or film, which perhaps explains why he continues to be so prolific. To date he has written 77 plays, and his work has been translated into over 35 languages, is performed on stage and television throughout the world, and has won countless awards. Major successes include: Relatively Speaking, How the Other Half Loves ... view full profile

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Ann Lowe 9/22/2016 10:02 AM
Very, very funny farce.  Meaty parts, absurd situations, split second timing, rapid pacing.
Robert Duke 9/30/2015 7:44 AM
Absolutely marvelous for a high school cast.  Delicious parts for everybody.
Colin Lawrence 1/17/2014 6:57 PM
Even the application of the Ayckbourn 'touch' to this dated Aldwych farce coulldn't (for me) breath life into a piece that should have been left well alone and consigned to theatre history. Amazingly the National Theatre produced the play 'in repertory' and used the incredibly talent Michael Gambon who must have wondered why he'd been lumbered with being in such a dire piece while he gained well-deserved plaudits for A View From The Bridge. Tons of Money has the thinnest of plots and is about as funny as a bad case of measles. Without Ayckbourn's name attached to it, I'd put money on it that the play would never had been published.  Tons of Tat would be a more appropriate title!

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