It Runs in the Family

by  Ray Cooney

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  7m, 4f

"My glasses steamed up with laughter...A must for the bruised in spirit and the young at heart." - The Sunday Times, London

"Tickles the funny bones quite shamelessly." - Sunday Express, London

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It Runs in the Family

by  Ray Cooney

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 4f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce

Additional Info

Britain's master farceur ( Two Into One, Run For Your Wife, et al. ) is at it again. Set in a hospital, It Runs in the Family contains the usual assortment of farcical nuts running in and out of doors mistaking everybody for someone else, as Dr. Mortimore tries to fend off a paternity suit, an ex wife, a punkish son and various other lunatics so that he may, at last, deliver the Ponsonby Lecture in an international conference.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"My glasses steamed up with laughter...A must for the bruised in spirit and the young at heart." - The Sunday Times, London

"Tickles the funny bones quite shamelessly." - Sunday Express, London

"As in every good farce from Ben Travers to Joe Orton, the location becomes a madhouse filled with an epidemic of unbridled lunacy." - London Financial Times

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Setting: The Doctors' Common Room of St. Andrew's Hospital, London. Present day.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Song Samples

Ray Cooney's interview for Dave's Gone By
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Casting

7m, 4f
DR. DAVID MORTIMORE
DR. MIKE CONNOLLY
ROSEMARY MORTIMORE
DR. HUBERT BONNEY
MATRON
SIR WILLOUGHBY DRAKE
JANE TATE
SISTER
LESLIE
POLICE SERGEANT
BILL
MOTHER
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Authors

Ray Cooney

Ray Cooney began his theatrical career as a boy actor in Song of Norway at the Palace Theatre in 1946. He played in Dry Rot and Simple Spymen and then began a writing career which, to date, has sent eighteen plays to the West End including

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It Runs in the Family premiered at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford in November 1987 under the direction of Ray Cooney.

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