Run For Your Wife

RUN FOR YOUR WIFE! by Ray Cooney opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 1983 at the same time as he formed the Theatre of Comedy there, and included in its roll of honour are such names as Richard Briers, Bernard Cribbins, James Bolam, Rodney Bewes, Ian Ogilvy, Terry Scott, Lionel Jeffries, Henry McGee, Stratford Johns, Bill Pertwee, Windsor Davies, Ralph Bates, Jack Watling, Sophie Lawrence, Una Stubbs, Aimi Macdonald, Ian Lavender, Robin Askwith and Britt Ekland. “We changed the cast every three months so we could get interesting TV names to fit it in between their TV series,” said Ray, “and it was a very happy time. We had about 20 different casts over a period of twelve years in the West End, and a lot of people came back to do it again because it was such fun.”

One of the regulars during the play’s 25-year history has been Eric Sykes who probably played Porterhouse more than anyone, and formed a Porterhouse club for fellow actors such as Alfred Marks, Lionel Jeffries and Dennis Ramsden, who played the detective sergeant over the years. It is still touring the country 25 years on! Ray himself is no stranger to the cast list. He both acted in and directed the play on Broadway, appeared in it in Florida and, more recently, ‘had such fun’ playing Bobby in a cruise ship production. “Acting for me is an indulgence,” he added.

 

Ray describes each of his 20 stage comedies as ‘the most enjoyable when it’s your ‘baby’ and you are in that stage of production’, but says that because of the length of its London run, RUN FOR YOUR WIFE! is perhaps the best known. “To me it seems to be one of my most recent plays; I can’t believe it’s 26 years since we first tried it out in Guildford. But there have been over 500 productions of it all over the world, from America and Canada to Argentina and South Korea and Iceland to Australia, while the number of performances over the years must run into the hundreds of thousands. And it’s been translated into 35 languages… Japanese, Chinese, Russian. French, German, Spanish, Italian. It would be easier to say which languages it hasn’t been performed in. “I wrote farce because I was an actor who appeared in a lot of farces and I did not realise how much I had learned,” he continued. “To write my kind of plays you need to understand what it’s like to be on stage.”

YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE

 

Mary Smith - Carol Hawkins

Barabara Smith - Helen Gill

John Smith - Ray Cooney

DS Troughton - Peter Blake

Stanley Gardener - Royce Mills

Reporter - Arthur Bostrom

DS Porterhouse - Bill Pertwee

Bobby Franklyn - Jimmy Thompson

Lady Visitor - Jan Goodman

SHAFTSBURY THEATRE

 

Mary Smith - Carol Hawkins

Barabara Smith - Helen Gill

John Smith - Richard Briers

DS Troughton - Peter Blake

Stanley Gardener - Bernard Cribbins

Reporter - Sam Cox

DS Porterhouse - Bill Pertwee

Bobby Franklyn - Royce Mills

SHAFTSBURY THEATRE

 

Mary Smith - Carol Hawkins

Barabara Smith - Helen Gill

John Smith - James Bolam

DS Troughton - Sam Cox

Stanley Gardener - Ian Ogilvy

Reporter - Stuart Sherwin

DS Porterhouse - Stratford Johns

Bobby Franklyn - Royce Mills

SHAFTSBURY THEATRE

 

Mary Smith - Anna Dawson

Barabara Smith - Helen Gill

John Smith - Terry Scott

DS Troughton - Sam Cox

Stanley Gardener - Eric Sykes

Reporter - Stuart Sherwin

DS Porterhouse - Bill Pertwee

Bobby Franklyn - Royce Mills

CRITERION THEATRE

 

Mary Smith - Jacki Piper

Barabara Smith - Anita Graham

John Smith - Derek Fowlds

DS Troughton - Sam Cox

Stanley Gardener - Royce Mills

Reporter - Paul Ratcliffe

DS Porterhouse - Alfred Marks

Bobby Franklyn - Brian Godfrey

CRITERION THEATRE

 

Mary Smith - Patricia Brake

Barabara Smith - Helen Gill

John Smith - Ralph Bates

DS Troughton - Ron Aldridge

Stanley Gardener - Brian Murphy

Reporter - Michael Boothe

DS Porterhouse - Lionel Jeffries

Bobby Franklyn - Graham Jones

CRITERION THEATRE

 

Mary Smith - Linda Hayden

Barabara Smith - Helen Gill

John Smith - David McCallum

DS Troughton - Gareth Hunt

Stanley Gardener - Derek Griffiths

Reporter - Gregory Phillips

DS Porterhouse - Windsor Davies

Bobby Franklyn - David Masterman

CRITERION THEATRE

 

Mary Smith - Una Stubbs

Barabara Smith - Aimi MacDonald

John Smith - Ray Cooney

DS Troughton - Gareth Hunt

Stanley Gardener - John Quayle

Reporter - John Hughes

DS Porterhouse - Dennis Ramsden

Bobby Franklyn - Royce Mills

CRITERION THEATRE

 

Mary Smith - Jacqueline Clarke

Barabara Smith - Helen Gill

John Smith - Terry Scott

DS Troughton - Sam Cox

Stanley Gardener - Colin Baker

Reporter - Nicholas Bailey

DS Porterhouse - Bill Pertwee

Bobby Franklyn - David Masterman

CRITERION THEATRE

Mary Smith - Tessa Wyatt

Barabara Smith - Anita Graham

John Smith - Robin Askwith

DS Troughton - Gareth Hunt

Stanley Gardener - Geoffrey Hughes

Reporter - Nicholas Bailey

DS Porterhouse - Bill Pertwee

Bobby Franklyn - Barry Howard

CRITERION THEATRE

 

Mary Smith - Carol Hawkins

Barabara Smith - Helen Gill

John Smith - James Bolam

DS Troughton - Sam Cox

Stanley Gardener - Ian Ogilvy

Reporter - Stuart Sherwin

DS Porterhouse - Stratford Johns

Bobby Franklyn - Royce Mills

CRITERION THEATRE

 

Mary Smith - Linda Hayden

Barabara Smith - Marilyn Galsworthy

John Smith - Richard O'Sullivan

DS Troughton - Ian Cullen

Stanley Gardener - Tim Brooke-Taylor

Reporter - Stuart Sherwin

DS Porterhouse - Bernard Bresslaw

Bobby Franklyn - Paul Toothill

ALDWYCH THEATRE

 

Mary Smith - Jacqueline Clarke

Barabara Smith - Judy Graham

John Smith - Terry Scott

DS Troughton - Ron Aldridge

Stanley Gardener - Derek Griffiths

Reporter - Michael Cotterill

DS Porterhouse - Eric Sykes

Bobby Franklyn - Paul Toothill

DUCHESS THEATRE

 

Mary Smith - Carol Hawkins

Barabara Smith - Lorraine Chase

John Smith - Ralph Bates

DS Troughton - Ron Aldridge

Stanley Gardener - Terry Scott

Reporter - John Hughes

DS Porterhouse - Windsor Davies

Bobby Franklyn - Barrie Gosney

DUCHESS THEATRE

 

Mary Smith - Tricia Thorns

Barabara Smith - Carolyn Lister

John Smith - Ray Cooney

DS Troughton - Ron Aldridge

Stanley Gardener - Ian Talbot

Reporter - Michael Cotterill

DS Porterhouse - Windsor Davies

Bobby Franklyn - Brian Godfrey

WHITEHALL THEATRE

 

Mary Smith - Jacqueline Clarke

Barabara Smith - Judy Graham

John Smith - Terry Scott

DS Troughton - Ron Aldridge

Stanley Gardener - Leslie Lawton

Reporter - Michael Cotterill

DS Porterhouse - Eric Sykes

Bobby Franklyn - Paul Toothill

WHITEHALL THEATRE

 

Mary Smith - Kay Walbye

Barabara Smith - Hilary Labow

John Smith - Ray Cooney

DS Troughton - Gareth Hunt

Stanley Gardener - Henry McGee

Reporter - Doug Stender

DS Porterhouse - Dennis Ramsden

Bobby Franklyn - Gavin Reed

WHITEHALL THEATRE

 

Mary Smith - Carol Hawkins

Barabara Smith - Heather Alexander

John Smith - Jeffrey Holland

DS Troughton - Ken Farrington

Stanley Gardener - Paul Shane

Reporter - Michael Boothe

DS Porterhouse - Windsor Davies

Bobby Franklyn - Brian Godfrey

UK TOUR

 

Mary Smith - Jan Hunt

Barabara Smith - Maya Woolfe

John Smith - Rodney Bewes

DS Troughton - Anthony Verner

Stanley Gardener - Barry Killerby

Reporter - Paul Barker

DS Porterhouse - Christopher Scoular

Bobby Franklyn - Graham James

UK TOUR

 

Jeffrey Holland

David Callister

Sophie Lawrence

Eric Potts

Nick Wilton

Nicola Boyce

Terry O'Sullivan

UK TOUR

 

Eric Sykes

Robin Askwith

Britt Ekland

Ian Lavender

Ron Aldridge

Kate O'Sullivan

Brian Godfrey

VIRGINIA THEATRE - BROADWAY & US TOUR

 

Mary Smith - Kay Walbye

Barabara Smith - Hilary Labow

John Smith - Ray Cooney

DS Troughton - Gareth Hunt

Stanley Gardener - Paxton Whitehead

Reporter - Doug Stender

DS Porterhouse - Dennis Ramsden

Bobby Franklyn - Gavin Reed

Actors and Actresses who played in 'RUN FOR YOU WIFE' in London's West end during its nine year run.

ROBIN ASKWITH

COLIN BAKER

CHRISTOPHER BLAKE

PETER BLAKE

JAMES BOLAM

BERNARD BRESSLAW

RICHARD BRIERS

TIM BROOKE-TAYLOR

JUDY BUXTON

TIMOTHY CARLTON

JACQUELINE CLARKE  

RAY COONEY

BERNARD CRIBBINS

SAM COX

IAN CULLEN

PAUL DARROW

GEOFFREY DAVIES

WINDSOR DAVIES

BOBBY DAVRO

LES DAWSON

KEN FARRINGTON

JILLI FOOT

DEREK FOWLDS

WILLIAM GAUNT 

PRUNELLA GEE

HELEN GILL

PETER GOODWRIGHT

BARRIE GOSNEY

ANITA GRAHAM

DEREK GRIFFITHS

CAROL HAWKINS        

LINDA HAYDEN

FRAZER HINES

JEFFREY HOLLAND

GEOFFREY HUGHES

ROY HUDD

GARETH HUNT

STRATFORD JOHNS

JOHN JUNKIN

LESLIE LAWTON 

RAY LONNEN

WILLIAM LUCAS

AIMI MACDONALD

ALFRED MARKS

DAVID MCCALLUM

HENRY MCGEE   

ROYCE MILLS

PATRICK MOWER

BRIAN MURPHY  

DERREN NESBITT

IAN OGILVY

RICHARD O'SULLIVAN

BILL PERTWEE

JACKI PIPER

JOHN QUAYLE

DENNIS RAMSDEN

PETER SALLIS

TERRY SCOTT

PAUL SHANE

JACK SMETHURST

UNA STUBBS

ERIC SYKES

JACK WATLING

PAXTON WHITEHAED

SERETTA WILSON

ERNIE WISE

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The Mill at Sonning from 3rd October to 23rd November 2019

Introducing the cast of Run For Your Wife

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Judy Buxton
as Barbara Smith

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Elizabeth Elvin
as DS Troughton

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Jeffrey Holland
as Stanley Gardner

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Michelle Morris
as Mary Smith

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Delme Thomas
as Bobby Franklyn

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David Warwick
as DS Porterhouse

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Nick Wilton
as John Smith

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Donald Craigie
as Reporter

Production Photo Gallery from the Mill

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