Serious Money

Full-Length Play, Comedy  /  3w, 5m, 11any gender (adult)

Caryl Churchill, Ian Dury, Micky Gallagher, Chaz Jankel

Serious Money
by Caryl Churchill
Songs by Ian Dury, Micky Gallacher and Chas Jankel

Winner! 1987-1988 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

"A dazzler...Smashing." - London Sunday Express

"Pure genius." - London Daily Telegraph

"Vigorous, aggressive, funny and much needed." - London Observer

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    Cast Size
    3w, 5m, 11any gender (adult)


This timely play by the acclaimed author of Cloud Nine, Top Girls, Fen, and Vinegar Tom was a hit in London, transferring from the Royal Court Theatre to the West End. Serious Money is a Jonsonian satire about capitalism running rampant and unchecked. All money corrupts and serious money corrupts absolutely in the play's world of shady financial deals, insider trading and get rich quick wheeler dealers of both sexes. Not only does the play capture almost every aspect of dirty dealing and money grubbing from London to Wall Street, but it does so in extremely ingenious rhymed couplets!
  • Time Period 1980s
  • Setting Various simple interior and exterior settings

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Caryl Churchill

Caryl Churchill was born on 3 September 1938 in London and grew up in the Lake District and in Montreal. She was educated at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. Downstairs, her first play written while she was still at university, was first staged in 1958 and won an award at the Sund ...

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Ian Dury


Micky Gallagher


Chaz Jankel

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