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Out of Order
Written by Ray Cooney
Place premiered Leatherhead
Original language English
Genre Comedy

Out of Order is a 1991 farce written by English playwright Ray Cooney. It had a long run at the Shaftesbury Theatre starring Donald Sinden and Michael Williams. As many other Ray Cooney plays, it features a lead actor (in this case a junior UK minister) who has to lie his way out of an embarrassing situation (in this case a planned adultery with a secretary) with the help of an innocent side-kick (in this case the minister's personal private secretary) who gets more and more embroiled in the increasingly tangled tale improvised by the lead character as events unfold. The action takes place in a suite in a posh London hotel and revolves around accidents caused by a defective sash window.

Further reading

  • Cooney, Ray (1991). Out of Order: A Comedy (First ed.). London: Samuel French. ISBN 0573018588. 


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