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Eric Chappell

ERIC CHAPPELL

  (1933 - )

Nationality:    English
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Literary Agent:    eric Chappell Productions Ltd

Eric Chappell took up full time writing in 1973 after his first stage play, the Banana Box, was produced at the apollo Theatre, London. the play later inspired the classic TV comedy Rising Damp, winner of the BAFTA award for best situation comedy. In 1979 eric's screen version won the evening Standard Film award for best comedy. Other television successes include the Squirrels, the Bounder, Home to Roost (all of which won PYe TV awards), Only When I Laugh, Duty Free, Singles, Fiddlers Three and Haggard. eric has written over 200 television comedy scripts and more than 20 stage plays which are performed worldwide. He is unquestionably one of the top writers of comedy in Britain today.

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        Ashes To Ashes         Banana Box, The         Cut And Dried         Dead Reckoning         Double Vision         Duty Free         False Pretences         Father's Day         Fiddlers Three         Ground Rules         Haggard         Haunted         Haywire         Heatstroke         It Can Damage Your Health         Last Of The Duty Free         Mixed Feelings         Natural Causes         Only When I Laugh         Passing Strangers         Rising Damp         Side Effects         Sitting Tenants         Snakes And Ladders         Something's Burning         Summer End         Suspicion         Theft         Up And Coming         We Don't Want To Lose You         We're Strangers Here         Wife After Death



Ashes To Ashes

Synopsis:
Dave Thursby's friends are gathered at his funeral. their memories of him are very different and often clash. When the mysterious Kay arrives to drop her bombshell everyone endeavours to keep up appearances for the sake of the widow. Later, when the time comes to dispose of the ashes and Dave's secret life is finally exposed, tempers and ashes fly.

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Play/Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Banana Box, The

Synopsis:
the play that inspired the TV series Rising Damp was produced at the apollo theatre, London in 1973 with Leonard Rossiter, Francis de la Tour and Don Warrington in the leading roles. the play has now been revised under the title Rising Damp but is still firmly based in the late sixties. amateur and repertory rights with Samuel French Ltd.

Notes:
a.k.a. Rising Damp

1st Produced:
Leicester: Phoenix Theatre     01 Jun 1971

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1974   -

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Genre:
Light Drama Play/Drama

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Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Cut And Dried

Cut And Dried
In the offices of Multiple Holdings, Rex, Harry and Osborne form a somewhat uncomfortable alliance against the management, as personified by the elegant, devious Fletcher. Cut and Dried opens with the news that Rex's job is now up for grabs and he will have to be interviewed for it along with everyone else - including Harry and Osborne. Harry's efforts to ingratiate himself with the bosses are more successful than Rex's and at the close he seems well on the way to the higher echelons . . .

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We Don't Want to Lose You And Cut And Dried Are completely self-contained one Act plays but can be performed together As Fiddlers Three

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1st Published:
Contained in the volume Fiddler's Three, Samuel French, London, 2003   978-0573019807

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Genre:
One act

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Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Dead Reckoning

Dead Reckoning
A gripping psycholgical thriller, DeAD ReCKONING sees a renowned artist finding himself caught up in a maze of chilling mind games and deceit. When the mysterious Mr Todd arrives at painter Tony Reed's house, Tony is forced to face the past that still haunts him and make a decision that he has only ever fantasised about. This decision leads Reed and his second wife Megan into a terrifying nightmare from which there seems no escape. Who exactly is Mr Todd? Just how far is Tony Reed prepared to go? And who really did kill his adored first wife . . . ?

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1st Produced:
Dixon Studio, Palace Theatre, Westcliff-On-Sea     23 Sep 2010

Organisations:
Outloud Productions

1st Published:
Josef Weinberger Ltd (2012) >>>    978- 0 85676 337 3

Music:
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Genre:
Thriller

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Double Vision

Double Vision
Ex-boxer Spinks is myopic, poor and lonely, his one companion being the alcoholic Kingsley with whom he has a rather tetchy, exasperated friendship. To gain attention, Spinks pretends to win the National Lottery and he starts receiving freebies and handouts from people hoping to get a share of his fortune. Plain Dawn Pringle who loves Spinks for himself not his money, warns against her maneater identical twin sister Donna, who then turns up and seduces him. Just in time he makes an important discovery about his new-found loves.

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Samuel French, London,    978-0573019760

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Duty Free

Synopsis:
When working class David and Amy met upper middle class Robert and Linda whilst holidaying at the San Remo in Spain, their differences were immediately apparent. But, opposites were proven to attract, and a most unlikely romance developed, with hilarious consequences. And now they are back: David more lustful, Amy more cynical, Robert more dangerous, Linda more romantic than ever! With love in the Mediterranean air, holidaymakers watch on in disbelief as deceptions, misunderstandings and preposterous situations unfold, with the love-struck protagonists trying every trick in the book in order to keep their amorous intentions a secret!

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stage adaptation from the original TV series by Eric Chappell and Jean Warr

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Genre:
comedy adaptation

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Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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False Pretences

False Pretences
estate agent Kevin and his wife Valerie are to be subjected to an extended visit from her brother Victor, a none too successful con artist who has just been released from prison. Victor is delighted to hear that wealthy widow Lucy is also staying with them and it isn't long before he sets about charming her with a valuable diamond bracelet he's got on approval from the local jeweller's using the unwitting Kevin as surety. But when events don't go quite according to plan Victor is forced to improvise very rapidly, not least with the bullish rugby playing bank manager, Tank, and his fellow team mate, Tom, the local jeweller. and then a surprise visitor turns up in the form of Soapy Simpson (not so much artist by appointment to Her Majesty but rather more detained at Her Majesty's pleasure). Will Kevin ever be able to hold his head up in the local community again? Will Tom ever get rid of the taste of washing crystals? Will Soapy manage to complete a portrait? Will Lucy fall prey to Victor's charms? Will nothing stop the incorrigible Victor . . .?

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Samuel French, London >>>   978-0573111259

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Genre:
Farce

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Father's Day

Synopsis:
It's a cold winter's evening and bitter, irascible divorce Henry is enjoying a scotch and some classical music in glorious solitude. He is soon disturbed, however, by the unwelcome appearance of his son Matthew, bringing with him his new girlfriend, the unappealing punk/Goth Christine. Matthew is obviously keen for a reconciliation with his father, but Henry is quite happy the way things are, and sparks soon fly  but this is just the beginning, for who should arrive next but Henry's ex-wife, Matthew's mother, Sue! As the cold night wears on Henry and Sue can't help but rake over the ashes of their seemingly dead relationship. To their surprise the faint glow of a new tenderness develops between them and before long Henry is facing some important decisions. . .

Notes:
Father's Day is a warm and touching comedy based on Eric Chappell's hit TV series "Home to Roost

1st Produced:
Playhouse, Erith     28 May 2012

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 2007   978-0573115578

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Fiddlers Three

Fiddlers Three
a double bill of plays dealing with office life and the struggles of three accounts clerks, Rex, Harry and Osborne to address the twin problems and dismissal and promotion watched over by the steely JF. these plays were inspired by the TV series, the Squirrels, and Fiddlers Three starring Bernard Hepton, Ken Jones, Peter Davison and Paula Wilcox.

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We Don't Want to Lose You And Cut And Dried Are completely self-contained one Act plays but can be performed together As Fiddlers Three

1st Produced:
Southwold Theatre, Southwold     21 Jul 2011

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Contained in the volume Fiddler's Three, Samuel French, London, 2003   978-0573019807

Music:
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Genre:
2 * 1 acts One act

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Male:  5            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Ground Rules

Ground Rules
When Gerry and Judith, a long married couple, rescue Jo from an assault by her aggressive partner ashley, one night in a pub they trigger off a chain of events that even Judith - trained in counselling - cannot control.

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1st Produced:
Palace Theatre, Westcliffe     11 Oct 2014

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Josef Weinberger Ltd (2015) >>>    978-0856763656

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Haggard

Haggard
Perennially hard-up, lecherous, conceited, dishonest and drunk, the eighteenth-century Squire Amos Haggard was first conceived by Michael Green and subsequently brought to television screens in Eric Chappell's much-loved ITV series. In Chappell's stage adaptation, our anti-hero disguises himself as the notorious bar brawler One-Eyed Will', seduces a member of the aristocracy, poisons himself, survives an encounter with Death, fights a duel and ends up in prison waiting to be hanged. His son RodErick and servant Grunge are his not-so-faithful companions. The author describes this hilarious adaptation as an undisciplined romp and encourages imagination, ingenuity and a great deal of fun in its staging.

Notes:
Based on characters created by Michael Green

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Genre:
an entertainment

Parts:
Male:  17            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Haunted

Haunted
Nigel Burke, playwright, is neurotic and agoraphobic and hasn't written a word in three months much to the chagrin of his wife and agent. One night he is visited by the mysterious Potter who knows of Nigel's obsession with Lord Byron. Potter offers him the skull goblet once owned by Byron. Drinking from the goblet brings a profound change in Nigel and finally Byron's ghost appears.

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1995   978-0573017940

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Genre:
Thriller

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Haywire

Haywire
Alec Firth is having an affair with his assistant, Liz, and has organized his domestic life so that they can go to Spain on holiday without making Alec's wife Maggie remotely suspicious. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty. On the doorstep, in dizzyingly rapid succession, are: Phoebe, Alec's mother, who has discharged herself from her old people's home; Alec's son Jamie, with a broken ankle; and his daughter, heavily pregnant and not planning to marry the child's Father .

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1998   978-0573017988

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Heatstroke

Heatstroke
In a play which involves two couples disputing a holiday villa - assumed identities - a snake which has also taken up residence - a bag of stolen money - and a criminal known as Mad Dog Moon - we have all the ingredients of a mad, fast moving farce. the play has recently enjoyed a successful tour of the Uk under the title Snakes and Ladders starring Paul Nicholas and Ian Ogilvy.

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1st Produced:
The Little Theatre, Birkenhead, Merseyside     19 May 2001

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 2004   978-0573018008

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Genre:
farce

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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It Can Damage Your Health

It Can Damage Your Health
This play based on the hit TV show Only When I Laugh starring Peter Bowles and James Bolam. In recent years the stage version has toured Sweden, Australia and the Uk and starred such names as Geoffrey Hughes, Michael elphick and Geoffrey Davies. the play traces the fortunes of a desperate trio in Men's Surgical. Together they form and uneasy alliance against the confusions and insecurities of hospital life.

Notes:
aka Only When I Laugh

1st Produced:
Octagon Theatre, Yeovil, Somerset     09 Feb 1999

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1996   978-0573017957

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Last Of The Duty Free

Last Of The Duty Free
When working class David and Amy met upper middle class Robert and Linda whilst holidaying at the San Remo in Spain, their differences were immediately apparent. But, opposites were proven to attract, and a most unlikely romance developed, with hilarious consequences. And now they are back: David more lustful, Amy more cynical, Robert more dangerous, Linda more romantic than ever! With love in the Mediterranean air, holidaymakers watch on in disbelief as deceptions, misunderstandings and preposterous situations unfold, with the love-struck protagonists trying every trick in the book in order to keep their amorous intentions a secret!

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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Josef Weinberger Ltd (2015) >>>    978-0856763472

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-

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Genre:
comedy

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Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Mixed Feelings

Synopsis:
First performed at Malvern theatre and subsequently toured to excellent reviews, the play starred Paul Nicholas, Mary Tamm and John Benfield. When Vernon, a suburban accountant, takes the plunge and becomes the woman he's always wanted to be he finds life very different to the one he imagined. He's leered at by taxi drivers, propositioned by his boss, pursued by his best friend and jealous mistress. But his main concern is will his wife and daughter understand him!

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Natural Causes

Natural Causes
Vincent is from exodus, a euthanasia group that assists people in suicide. When he is invited to Walter Bryce's country house to assist in the disposal of Walter's wife he senses something is wrong. Why are the suicide notes unsigned? What is the role of Walter's attractive secretary? Why has the Samaritan been sent for? the play enjoyed a successful tour of the UK with George Cole playing the part of Vincent.

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1993   978-0573018411

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Genre:
Black Comedy Comedy

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Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Only When I Laugh

Synopsis:
Comedy set in a men's ward in a London hospital where three odd bedfellows share their social differences as well as their common goal to find out which is going to peg it!

Notes:
see It Can Damage Your Health

1st Produced:
The Mill, Sonning, Berkshire     30 Mar 1999

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1st Published:
in "Situation Comedy 2" Hutchinson, London, 1984   -

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Genre:
Situation Comedy Comedy

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Male:  7            Female:  -            Other:  extras

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Passing Strangers

Passing Strangers
Fickle thing, memory.' Malcolm discovers how true his words are when he takes his friend Clive to a singles' evening. Clive, a hospital porter masquerading as a doctor, has just been left by his wife, while Malcolm is a confirmed bachelor and big in imports - really a market stall trader. In the deserted hotel bar, to the depressing soundtrack of the next-door ballroom, they meet two recent divorcees; upwardly-mobile Julie and cynical, defiant Liz. Malcolm is determined to break down Liz's defences while trying to pair off Clive with Julie. But the women have a few tricks of their own, and Malcolm soon finds that life, like the evening, is full of surprises.

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1st Produced:
Harlow Playhouse     19 Nov 2011

Organisations:
Outloud Productions

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Rising Damp

Rising Damp
When Student Alan moves into an attic flat, he does not expect to find it already inhabited by someone else. They mysterious Philip claims to be the son of an African chief with ten wives waiting for him back home, but his presence is the least of Alan's worries. He also has to contend with a hole in the floor, water running down the walls and sinister landlord Rigsby, who has designs on Miss Jones downstairs, who herself has developed a passion for Philip.

Notes:
Eric Chappell's much-loved ITV comedy was adapted by him for the stage and first performed as The Banana Box. It's West End production in 1973 starred Leonard Rossiter, Don Warrington and Frances de la Tour. This version of Rising Damp was revised by the author and toured in 2013 by Classic Comedy Production.

1st Produced:
Apollo Theatre, London     01 Jun 1973

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  3            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Side Effects

Side Effects
Frank Cook, having been taken ill with a rare complaint, has been booked into a private nursing home by his wife June for a week's respite. Whilst there, he encounters the Reverend Paul Latimer who is recovering from a heart transplant and whose odd behaviour is beginning to alarm his wife, Sarah. the young, attractive Tracey might provide the answer. She is convinced that the vicar's new heart belonged to her recently deceased lover Melvin, a fairground wall of death rider. Could it be that Paul has taken on Melvin's personality traits as well as his heart? That would explain the swearing, the smoking, the drinking and the clandestine canoodling with Tracey in the rose garden. then again, perhaps he's just suffering from the side effects of his medication? Frank, ever the cantankerous sceptic, is delighted by the vicar's fall from grace, while June does her best to rein in his detective work.

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1st Produced:
Farndon Memorial Hall, Uk     28 Sep 2011

Organisations:
Robin Hood Theatre Company

1st Published:
Samuel French, London >>>   978-0573114212

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Sitting Tenants

Synopsis:
Paula Price arrives at the Old Rectory one dark and rainy night accompanied by the landlord Nash. the flat is not what she was promised and Nash is guarded about her fellow tenants. When the tenants begin to reveal themselves the reason for the landlord's reticence becomes clear. . .

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Snakes And Ladders

Synopsis:
Sam Spencer and his wife Fay are about to enjoy the holiday of a lifetime in a luxurious Spanish village secretly 'borrowed' from her boss. Meanwhile, once-famous actor Howard Booth also 'borrows' the villa, bringing along his sharp-witted new girlfriend and all his old films on video. as they fight over the villa and avoid the snake asleep on the terrace, Howard realises that his prized bag of videos has been switched at the airport - with a bag full of cash! and when a sinister villain arrives to claim his money back, all hell breaks loose. . .

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1st Produced:
Churchill Theatre, Bromley, Kent     11 Jun 2002

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Something's Burning

Something's Burning
This play was first produced at the theatre Royal, Windsor and starred Joanna van Gyseghem and Christopher Blake. the play is a wry comedy centred on Nell, an attractive if acerbic woman who has been deserted by her husband and now feels at the crossroads of her life. Her affair with George Rush, a local teacher and poet, is going nowhere until the arrival of an older man. He provides the spark that causes the dying affair to erupt suddenly into flame.

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London,    978-0573018909

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Summer End

Summer End
emily Baines is a defiant, embattled old lady who resides in the Summer end retirement home. She believes that her previous companion has been murdered but no-one will listen to her, especially her new fellow tenant May Brewer. emily points the finger of suspicion at everyone until it finally turns towards her.

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Samuel French, London, 2005   978-0573019951

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Suspicion

Synopsis:
When a woman is attacked in a city car park the staff of Faraday Finance fall under suspicion - particularly Brian Heath who has been picked out at an identification parade and whose first wife died under mysterious circumstances. Inspector Rudkin is certain of Heath's guilt but the case becomes more complex as the investigation continues.

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Theft

Theft
This play has enjoyed two successful tours of the UK, starring George Cole, Roy Hudd and Leslie Grantham. On returning from a night out two couples discover a burglar and apprehend him. they soon begin to wish they hadn't as he commences to disrupt two seemingly happy marriages and reveal certain uncomfortable truths about their honesty.

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Samuel French, London, 1996   978-0573019432

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Comedy Thriller Thriller

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Up And Coming

Up And Coming
Philip Conway, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the House is attending a party conference. But, tipped to be the new party leader, his campaign for power is in serious danger of collapse. Visits from rivals, fellow conspirators and the all-too-attentive Vicky coincide keeping Philip on his toes; the world's press is in the lobby; there are threats of assassination; students are rioting outside the hotel: an uncomfortable evening is the result! Who will get his - or her - just deserts?

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the play was first produced under its original title 'Up and Running' at the theatre Royal, Windsor and starred Keith Barron and Susie Blake

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Windsor: Theatre Royal    

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Samuel French, London,    978-0573019531

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We Don't Want To Lose You

We Don't Want To Lose You
In the offices of Multiple Holdings, Rex, Harry and Osborne form a somewhat uncomfortable alliance against the management, as personified by the elegant, devious Fletcher. In We Don't Want to Lose You, Rex is ordered to sack Osborne, and, spurred on by Harry and the attractive Norma, offers Fletcher his own resignation in protest - and, to his horror, it is accepted! Norma comes to Rex's rescue with a spot of blackmail.

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We Don't Want to Lose You And Cut And Dried Are completely self-contained one Act plays but can be performed together As Fiddlers Three

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Contained in the volume Fiddler's Three, Samuel French, London, 2003   978-0573019807

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We're Strangers Here

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First performed on TV with Geraldine Mcewen and Ian Hendry as a two-hander and subsequently as a four-hander at the theatre Royal, Windsor, the play eventually became the popular sitcom Duty Free. the play, like the series, deals with two warring couples on holiday in Spain. as in the original play the scene is set in the sixties and maybe played as a two-hander or four-hander and as a double bill or two one acts.

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1st Produced:
Eye Theatre, Eye, Suffolk     01 Jun 2005

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Josef Weinberger, London, 2004   -

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Wife After Death

Wife After Death
Dave Thursby was a hugely successful television comedian, a national treasure loved by the public, a devoted husband to his fragrant wife, a model client for his agent and a staunch friend to his faithful gag writer, Harvey. But when Dave unexpectedly pops his clogs, these close companions are left bereft. there's now a huge, aching void in their lives, and, worse still, some of them may be out of a job. Unless, of course, the repeats, television specials, biographies and newspaper tell-alls can fill the vacuum.

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