Ray Cooney OBE
Master of Farce
I’ve always been enthusiastic about great writing, and couldn’t be happier to have turned my passion into a thriving career as a professional Author. With digital and online technologies continuing to disrupt the print industry, it's important to provide an accessible place where I can connect with a wider audience. Here you will find samplings of my work, ranging from published stories to more personal pieces, which I invite you to explore and enjoy below.
Ray Cooney began his theatrical career as a boy actor in Song of Norway at the Palace Theatre in 1946. Following a period in repertory theatres around the UK, he joined the Brian Rix Company at the Whitehall Theatre and it was during this period he began his writing career including the West End hits MOVE OVER MRS MARKHAM, RUN FOR YOUR WIFE, TWO INTO ONE, OUT OF ORDER, IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY, FUNNY MONEY, CAUGHT IN THE NET, TOM DICK & HARRY and many more. In 1983, he formed the Theatre of Comedy at the Shaftesbury Theatre and became its first Artistic Director. In February 2013, the film of his most successful play RUN FOR YOUR WIFE, directed by Ray, had its world premier in Leicester Square and has now come out on DVD.
In December 2022, Ray will have been married to the lovely Linda for 61 years (Aaagh!! says Linda).
Mr Pugh's Garden
This story came about after I found this extraordinary photograph that I had taken of reflections in a window of the garden.
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Written by Linda Cooney
Illustrated by Teresa Witz
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It's Her Turn Now - The Mill at Sonning
Raphael Bar - John Worthington
Jules Brown - Gavin Foster
Eric Carte - Paul Willey
Felicity Duncan - Georgina Pigden
Elizabeth Elvin - Rebecca Willey MP
Harry Gostelow - The Manager
James Holmes - The Waiter
Michelle Morris - Tracey Worthington
Charlie Parker-Swift - A Body
The Mill at Sonning
Honoured and humbled The Mill at Sonning are naming their auditorium The Ray Cooney Auditorium when in September at a Gala Performance of 'Two Into One".
Such a great joy seeing Ray Cooney plays performed there over the last 38 years.
Long may it continue .
Love and thanks to Sally Hughes and all at the Mill.
Poland Trip - Krakow - May 2019
For the love of Pigeons
Ray Cooney Plays is supporting the following;
Based on the original play OUT OF ORDER by Ray Cooney
OUT OF ORDER is Ray Cooney’s classic farce about MPs behaving badly. Here it has been turned on its head and adapted so that it is female MPs behaving badly.
When Rebecca Willey MP, a government Junior Minister, plans to spend the evening with John Worthington, special advisor to the opposition, they check into a hotel for their naughty affair. Except things start to go disastrously wrong!
A conniving waiter, a suspicious hotel manager, an alert private detective, an angry wife, a furious husband, a bungling secretary, an unconscious nurse, and – let’s not forget – a dead body, all put Mrs Willey’s career in serious jeopardy.
Sally Hughes says: “I was invited to the read through of this play as we were coming out of lockdown. It was a late summer’s afternoon in Ray Cooney’s garden with a few invited producers and a wonderful cast. We all knew and loved the original version of the play OUT OF ORDER and didn’t know what to expect. Well it was a riot. We laughed until tears ran down our faces.”
This classic farce is absolutely jam-packed with all the hilarious ingredients for a wonderful evening’s entertainment.
By Ray Cooney
Adaptation by Michael Barfoot
ALL TICKETS INCLUDE A DELICIOUS TWO-COURSE MEAL IN THE RESTAURANT BEFORE THE SHOW.
FOR MATINEE PERFORMANCES:
Restaurant open and serving lunch from 12.15pm – 2pm
Performance starts 2.15pm
FOR EVENING PERFORMANCES
Restaurant open and serving dinner from 6.15pm – 8pm
Performance starts 8.15pm
4 for 3 tickets on any weekday evening performance
Offer expires on 31 March 2023