Out of Order
Comedy "Out of Order", author: Ray Cooney, director: Suljeman Rushiti. Richard Willey, a Labour Junior Minister, plans, under the cover of an all-night commons sitting, to spend the night in Suite 664 at the four star Westminster Hotel, London, with Jane Worthington, one of the opposition’s junior secretaries.
So the seeds are sown (or in Richard’s case, not) for a hilarious Ray Cooney farce which won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy of the year in 1991. Things start to go disastrously wrong early on; when expecting only to handle Jane’s body, Richard (or Dickie as he likes Jane to call him) discovers the ‘body’ of a man trapped in the suite’s unreliable sash window.
Desperately trying to get out of what has suddenly become an extremely sticky situation, Richard summons his trusty Parliamentary private secretary, George Pigden, to the Hotel to sort things out.
The Hotel boasts the typical assortment of stereotypical farce characters, such as a pompous interfering Hotel Manager, a sly old hotel waiter whose seen it all before and knows he can earn hush money, and a Maid of suspect Mediterranean origin who has little command of the English Language. With their help things go from bad to worse. And in an attempt to move, hide, and disguise the body in his hotel suite Richard sinks further and further into troubled waters when forced to lie.
Further complications arise when Ronnie, the jealous husband of Jane, arrives in a high state of agitation in search of his wife, who, because he has suspected her for some time of having little tête-à-têtes in corner cafes, has had her secretly followed.
Act Two continues where Act One finishes, when the "Body" starts to stir and then proceeds to have flashbacks. Two more characters are introduced to confuse matters even more: Richard’s wife Pamela arrives unannounced to surprise her husband, as she wants to hear him talk in the debate. The opened-mouth George, ever the faithful PPS, attempts to create a smoke screen by declaring his undying passion for her. She immediately, well almost immediately, responds and, with the late arrival of Nurse Foster, who has been nursing George’s invalid Mother.