Chaos reigns in this brand-new farce of mistaken identities and disastrous decisions from the witty pen of star of stage and screen, Nigel Planer (The Young Ones, The Comic Strip Presents, Blackadder, Death in Paradise).
An unlikely bunch of modern-day do-gooders try to make the world a better place, but lose the plot, their morals and even their clothes in all the best traditions of classic British farce.
Timothy Upton-Fell has quit the world of banking and now - for all the wrong reasons – wants to give something back and help those less fortunate. Along with his brazen and shameless PR agent, Florence he plans a charity auction to raise money for good causes. He misguidedly enlists the help of narcissist TV personality, Matthew Board – a man clearly on the edge in more ways than one. Matters are made worse by Sir Ommany John, a elderly world-famous artist who still has an eye for the ladies; Katia, a confused Finnish exchange student and not to mention Timothy’s crazed ex-wife, Cressida who is out for revenge…and will Walji the plasterer ever turn up?
The doors slam and the double entendres flow and with more misunderstandings and mayhem than you can shake a charity collection box at, this play will have you in stitches and make you question if things really are, All Above Board.
‘Don’t ask me…It’s All Above Board!’
The world premiere of ALL ABOVE BOARD was performed at The Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight, Wirral on Monday 23rd August 2021 with the following cast:
Timothy Upton-Fell - ROBERT STUART-HUDSON
Florence Spink - KATHRYN CHAMBERS
Lady Claire John/Cressida - JUDITH MARTINDALE
Sir Ommany John - RAY SUTTON
Matthew Board - CONNOR SIMKINS
Jason/Policeman - KIERAN MALEEDY
Katia/Phones - VIKKI EARLE
Walji - ASH GORSI
Subsequent performances took place at:
The Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York
The Bradford Playhouse
The Lowther Pavilion, Lytham St. Annes
The Preston Playhouse
Salford Arts Theatre
The St. Helens Theatre Royal
DIRECTED by SHAUN CHAMBERS
Nigel Planer is a British actor, comedian, novelist and playwright who played Neil in the BBC comedy, The Young Ones and Ralph Filthy in Filthy Rich and Catflap. He has appeared in many West End musicals including the original casts of Evita, Chicago, We Will Rock You, Wicked, Hairspray and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He won a BRIT award in 1984 and has been nominated for Olivier, TMA, WhatsOnStage and BAFTA awards.
Listen to Nigel Planer chat with Tony Snell about ALL ABOVE BOARD, The Young Ones and how he beat Roland Rat and Mel Brooks to a BRIT award!!
Listen to Nigel Planer chat with Brody Swain about the process behind his latest play ALL ABOVE BOARD.