Tons Of Money

Tons Of Money Programme Cover

a farce by Evans & Valentine
adapted by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by David Constable

May 2007

Thursday 17th at 7.45pm
Friday 18th at 7.45pm
Saturday 19th at 7.45pm

The full programme [79K pdf] for this production is available from the archive

There are some pictures on Tons Of Money gallery page

Aubrey Henry Maitland Allington is an unsuccessful inventor who lives in a large home in the country. Unfortunately he has a list of debts longer than his name. Much needed financial relief arrives in the form of a life interest in a large inheritance. Aubrey’s excitement at this stroke of good luck is quickly quashed when he realises that his creditors will certainly snatch up all of his newly acquired fortune before he can lay his hands on it. Aubrey’s wife, Louise, comes up with an ingenious scheme involving him faking his own death and reappearing as his long lost cousin George Maitland to claim all the cash. However complications with wives and impostors force them to take drastic steps. Chaos and confusion ensues.

This 1920s Aldwych Farce was revised by Alan Ayckbourn in 1986 for a production at the National Theatre.


Aubrey Henry Maitland Allington's house at Marlow

Act 1


Act 2

Three weeks later - afternoon

Act 3

The next day - late afternoon

Sprules, a butlerStewart Shrank
Simpson, a parlourmaidTina Alexandrou
Miss Benita MullettJudith Shrank
Louise AllingtonCamilla Hawkins
Aubrey Henry Maitland AllingtonMichael Reece
Giles, a gardenerMike Sparks
James Chesterman, a solicitorAlan Jobson
Jean EverardJo Micallef
HeneryIan Antony-Paul
George MaitlandSpencer Clayton
Production Team
DirectorDavid Constable
PromptSally Martin
CostumeJenny Sparks
LightingMartin Higgins
Andy Higgins
Stage ManagementKirsty Lincoln
Michael Lamb
PropsKatherine Hayes
Set Design & ConstructionDavid Constable
Mike Sparks
Front of House ManagerPaul Sparks
Box OfficeBetty Burgess
Programme & PublictyDavid Constable


The Archer, East Finchley's community newspaper, printed a review on page 10 of the July 2007 issue.

Tons of money

by Daphne Chamberlain

Wife: "Who do we owe money to?"
Husband: "Everyone we've ever dealt with."

Wife's response to this is to fake husband's death, bringing him back as a long-lost relative who would inherit the money that has just been left to them, but without any obligation to pay off debtors.

Naturally, as this all happens at the beginning of Tons of Money, the Guild Players' most recent production, we know there are more complications ahead. Two other men claim to be the long-lost relative, and his real widow "recognises" the impostors but humours the genuine one as a harmless lunatic.

This 1920s Aldwych farce, revised by Alan Ayckbourn for the National Theatre, demands that the audience suspend all disbelief. Even when one character after another seems, in the words of one of them, to have "the brain of a very, very small potted shrimp".

Some of the biggest laughs came from the out-and-out slapstick scenes. The acting was excellent but perhaps the play could have been taken at a slightly faster pace.

The Guild Players vary productions to suit all tastes, and welcome feedback from their audiences. They perform in Finchley Methodist Church Hall, Ballards Lane, N3.

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