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Being Tommy Cooper

Tom Green

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

3m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573110528

Las Vegas 1954: Tommy Cooper faces the prospect of his first big failure. As personal and professional problems collide, he faces stark choices about the future.

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Biography

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1960s, 1950s

Settings Of Play -

The main setting is a simple bedroom in a Las Vegas hotel circa 1954. Other scenes need to evoke the casino floor, a backstage office and a busy restaurant. Cosutmes are men's suits of the 1950s/60s for Billy and Miff black tie and Fez for Cooper and late 1960s clothes for Mary

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Audience Participation/Interactive, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music

Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Strong Language

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Packed with classic lines and hilarious routines, Being Tommy Cooper is a celebration of Britain's favourite comedian and an exploration of his darker side.

The play also tells the story of three other people in Tommy's life. There's his dour Scottish manager Miff Ferrie, with whom Tommy is locked in what he calls "a hate-hate relationship". We meet Billy Glason, a onetime vaudeville act who has set himself the almost impossible task of selling Cooper a huge collection of jokes. And, finally, there is Mary Kay – the woman who Tommy fell in love with and came to rely on. There was only one woman she couldn't compete with: Tommy's wife. This excellent cast brings the Tommy Cooper legend vividly to life in this award-nominated production.

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CASTING

3m, 1f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

Tommy Cooper's age in the play ranges from his early thirties to his late forties.

Miff Ferrie, Cooper's manager, was born in Edinburgh and is 10 years older than Tommy.

Billy Glason is a washed-up, 50-something Jewish Bostonian comic.

Mary Kay, Tommy's mistress, is seven years younger than him (her scenes are set in 1969 when she is 41).

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