Tom, Dick and Harry

Tuesday, 23 August, 2005

Genre: Comedy
Opened 23 Aug 2005
Written: by Ray Cooney & Michael Cooney
Directed: Ray Cooney
Producer: Bill Kenwright
Cast: Joe McGann, Stephen McGann , Mark McGann, Louise Jameson , Hannah Waterman, Mark Wingett
Synopsis: Tom and his wife are adopting a baby - it's the happiest day of their lives - or it would have been if Tom's brothers, Dick and Harry, hadn't decided to help. The result of Dick and Harry's 'assistance' produces two illegal immigrants, a dead body and a van load of contraband cigarettes. With the arrival of the Supervisor from the Adoption Agency and the Police Constable, Tom's ingenuity is stretched to the limit. But things could'nt get worse...or could they? The ever helpful plans of Dick and Harry continue to go haywire and they further lumber Tom with a Russian Mafia mobster and a reality TV programme. Then it starts to get complicated!

What the popular press had to say:
NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARDS says "Unamusing farce.....A farcical embarrassment." THE INDEPENDENT says, "Like some vintage limo, its construction is flawless. Alas, this feat of engineering is too often bought at the expense of laughs." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "all I can say is that there were moments when I felt that Tom, Dick and Harry was twice as long as Titus Andronicus and only half as funny...I think it witless and formulaic. The Cooney recipe is simply to force characters to tell increasingly far-fetched lies in order to cover up increasingly preposterous situations." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "Although I laughed intermittently, I never surrendered to ecstasy." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "At its considerable best, it ranks among Cooney's finest, and frequently found me physically helpless with laughter." PETER HEPPLE for THE STAGE says, "A grievous disappointment."

External links to full reviews from popular press
The Independent
The Stage
The Guardian
The Times
Daily Telegraph

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