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Tons of Money


13th April 2012


Centenary Players


Lowther Gardens Pavilion, Lytham St Annes

Type of Production



Fiona Mullany


Author: Christine Hunter Hughes

Tons of money was originally written in 1922 and was the first of the long-running Aldwych Farces. As is typical with farces there are many highly improbable twists and turns involving a couple who, deeply in debt and desperate to keep their inheritance to themselves rather than pay off their creditors, fake two deaths – of the same person – an impersonation or two and a batty, deaf aunt – and what more could you want for an evening of laugh out loud moments and sheer ‘daftness’!

The set looked very good – but in reality the doors were perhaps a little too flimsy for the important role they play in most farces – and this was no exception. However, that really is the only very slight criticism that I would make. Lighting was adequate – although I found the house lights to be perhaps a little slow.

The cast were all simply superb! The costumes were good and there were very many excellent characterisations from the entire cast. It takes a special skill for actors to make something that is clearly utterly stupid and ridiculous look as if it is the right and even the sensible thing to do at the time – but it is a vital skill in farce – as of course is pace and comic timing – and this group ‘had the lot’ in bucket-loads!

The audience giggled and laughed their way through the entire evening as the cast worked hard but apparently effortlessly to keep up the relentless pace – and succeeded admirably.

Heartiest congratulations to everyone connected with this superb production and what a shame that it was only for 2 nights - all that hard work! Everyone I spoke to thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening – as did I. Very many thanks for the invitation and the warm welcome.