Who's in Bed with the Butler

Programme for Who's in Bed with the Butler

Written by Michael Parker

Staged by Hook Players in 2016

Directed by Graeme Cooper

Stage managed by Charlotte Handy

A billionaire has bequeathed all of his assets to his only daughter Constance - except the 22-million-pound yacht he wanted Josephine to have, a 25 million-pound art collection left to Renee and some priceless vintage automobiles willed to Marjorie. Constance arrives at her father's mansion with her lawyer, determined to find out who these women are and to buy them off or contest the will.

The butler seems to hold the key and she learns from him that the three sultry ladies were her father's lovers. She also discovers that the yacht, the art and the cars have vanished, all having been sold to The Bimbo Corporation. Could the butler be behind the shenanigans - and is he carrying on with all of the ladies in question? Does the elderly, deaf housekeeper really have a pet rat? Can the bumbling detective hired by Constance really be so inept, linguistically as well as professionally? And why has the butler hired an actress to play his wife?

"Full of laughs and mile-a-minute dialogue. The hilarity builds. Whoever comes to see this play needs to bring lots of Kleenex for the tears of laughter." - The Winchester Press

"Excellent physical comedy. Truly remarkable characters." - Woodland Daily Democrat

"For Parker, farce is serious business. You must see this romp." - The Sacramento Bee

Cast

Wilma Jordan Agnes
Paul Cuttle Clifton
Hazel Bonnin Susie Legere
Caroline Ebsworth Constance Olden
Elizabeth Knight Rose Vance
Fergus Kirkham William Davis Junior
Sofia Belfelice Renee LaFleur
Fiona Kirkham Josephine Sykes
Ros Hill Marjorie Merivale

Production team

Adrienne Trodd Front of House
Andrew Bonnin Joint Front of House Manager
Ann Grigg Set Design and Artwork
Antony Hunter Box Office , Publicity
Charlotte Handy Stage Manager , Front of House
Christina Emery Bar Manager
Gabriella MacKenzie Front of House
Gemma Beale Front of House
Graeme Cooper Publicity
Ian Trodd Front of House
Jane Bonnin Joint Front of House Manager
Janet West Make-up and Hair , Raffle
John Emery Bar
Kara Stanford Production Marketing , Publicity
Mark Bonnin Steward
Margaret Scrannage Raffle
Mark Thomas Sound
Martin Kennedy Raffle
Meg Howe Front of House
Mike Cooper Assistant Stage Manager , Front of House
Mike Cooper Photography Photography and Display
Pat Cooper Front of House , Steward
Paul Teuma Set Construction
Pauline Hunter Front of House
Phil Knight Lighting and Sound Design
Ros Shepherd Assistant Director , Costumes , Publicity
Sam McWilliams Publicity
Trees Newsagents Box Office
Warwick Howe Props
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