Group aims to show money is funny in first-rate farce

Funny Money
Funny Money

A case full of comedic misunderstandings and crime come together in the first show of a new season by Market Harborough Drama Society.

The classic Ray Cooney farce Funny Money will be performed at Harborough Theatre from Monday October 26 to Saturday October 31.

It tells the story of Henry Perkins who realises he’s picked up the wrong briefcase on his way home from work.

What he has ended up with is not his gloves, scarf and a cheese and chutney sandwich, but a large amount of cash.

That amount of money, in a briefcase, can only be the product of crime but it could be the start of a new life for Henry and his wife, Jean.

Jean is not so keen, it’s Henry’s birthday, there’s a chicken in the oven and their friends Vic and Betty are on their way round.

A knock on the door signals the start of confusion, panic and more confusion. Who is the foreign stranger and what is a brefcurse?

A spokesman for the society said: “Tautly plotted, fast paced writing made the most of by the Market Harborough Drama Society this is a laugh out loud farce by a master of the genre.”

Harborough Theatre in the centre of the market town has recently undergone a refurbishment to create a multi-purpose lounge and studio space which will enhance the facilities available to all visitors. With flexible stage, lighting audio-visual equipment it is hoped the space will be a valuable asset to the community for years to come.

Funny Money is the first of several productions the group will bring to Harborough Theatre. The group will also perform Blithe Spirit before the end of the year. They will also perform Alan Bennett and Harold Pinter plays in the new year.

Evening performances start at 7.45pm alongside a matinee performances on the show’s final day starting at 2.30pm.

Tickets cost from £8 and can be booked by visiting They can also be bought from the theatre on Tuesday and Saturday mornings between 9.30am and 11.30am.