What a timely revival of this 1980s satire on corporate greed – and a wonderful opportunity to return to my local neighbourhood theatre, Southwark Playhouse.
In Other People’s Money, the Wire and Cable Company of New England is a sleepy family-run business – that is until Larry-the-Liquidator threatens to bring a little corporate pillage to the village.
With a jam-today approach to both doughnuts and investments, Larry is accustomed to grabbing life by the assets. But CEO Jorgy has a different approach. Will his small town ideas stack up against booming Wall Street?
“Funny, serious, suspenseful &, above all, expertly crafted…. with both epic grandeur & intimate titillation” – New York Magazine
In this darkly funny 1980s play by Jerry Sterner, it all comes down to whether ‘values’ have their price. Other People’s Money is hailed by the New York Times as having “a heart of iron which beats about the cannibalistic nature of big business” – so brace yourself for a moral combover!
First seen in New York in 1989, Other People’s Money won an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play and was adapted into the Hollywood film of the same name starring Danny DeVito.
Michael Brandon stars as CEO, the role played onscreen by Gregory Peck. This major new production, directed by Katharine Farmer, also features Lin Blakely, Amy Burke, Rob Locke and Mark Rose.
The Cervantes Theatre continues to both bring the best of Spanish drama to London and to champion female voices.
The theatre’s third New Spanish Playwriting season comprises UK premieres of Denise Despeyroux‘s The Reality, Maria Prado’s On/From Debris and Eva Hibernia’s The Old Masters.
The season opens with The Reality, translated by Sarah Maitland. In this haunting new play, twin sisters attempt an awkward exercise of pretending to be someone else, taking them close to the line that separates good and evil; the love of life and destruction; lucidity and madness.
What do you do to pose as someone inside of you? Can you love the living in the same way that you have love for the dead? Is darkness hindered by light?
Maite Jauaregui stars, directed by Raymi Renee, with set design by Mariachiara Maracci, lighting by Nigel Lewis and assistant direction by Imogen Hudson Clayton.
The Reality (La Realidad) was a finalist for the 2013 Max Revelation Prize. Denise Despeyroux is a playwright and director whose work has been presented in Madrid, Barcelona, Buenos Aires and Montevideo. Her other accolades include the Federico García Lorca Award.
This sounds like such a fascinating piece – and I’m looking forward to making my Q&A debut at the Coronet. Now a beautiful theatre, I also have such fond memories of seeing films at this renowned address when I used to live in west London and it was my local cinema.
In The Glass Piano, receiving its world premiere at the Print Room at the Coronet, Princess Alexandra thought her life would never change, living in the palace with her father, the hopeless poet King Ludwig, her maid Galstina, and glimpses of her mother as she runs across the lawn.
And of course, there’s the matter of the grand piano made of glass that she swallowed as a child, sitting inside her at all times. But when Lucien Bonaparte arrives, suddenly anything seems possible…
Laced with dry humour, Alix Sobler’s accomplished play transports you to a 19th-century Bavarian palace to find four characters trapped by their situations, and prevented from fulfilling their dreams of love.
The Glass Piano is directed by Max Key, who was Olivier nominated for It Is Easy To Be Dead at Trafalgar Studios, described by Michael Billington as “a beautifully orchestrated production” in a five-star Guardian review.
Princess Alexandra is played by Grace Molony (Best Actress at The Stage Debut Awards in 2017) alongside Timothy Walker, Laurence Ubong Williams and Olivier Award winner Suzan Sylvester. A new lyrical score, composed by Gabriel Prokofiev (grandson of Sergei Prokofiev), is played live on stage by prize-winning concert pianist Elizabeth Rossiter.