Trial and Error

by  Kenneth Horne

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 4f

A full length comedy dealing with the sudden doubts new groom Claud has about his wife and whether her previous husband died by accident or design................

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Trial and Error

by  Kenneth Horne

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 4f
  • Duration


    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Claud begins to suspect his new wife, Andrea's previous husband may have been pushed off a ship rather than fallen. His worries are further exacerbated when he finds out Andrea nursed a wealthy, elderly Aunt just before she passed away. However, Andrea's dead husband turns out to be very much alive, having survived his fall into the ocean and now there is some legal questions as to whether Claud and Andrea's marriage is valid. Dudley, the first husband agrees to a divorce for a huge sum of money, but Claud refuses to pay and they come to blows. Initially flattered by the attention from both men, Andrea grows tired of it very quickly and goes off to live with another elderly aunt for a bit, however she is pursued there by both men. 
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  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The living room of a summer house, somewhere in Sussex in September.


3m, 4f

Dudley - well-bred, charming, but of doubtful standards, 35

Claud - good-looking, precise, about 40

Ron - a press photographer, callow, gangling, young

Andrea - easy-going but quick tempered, 32

Mrs O'Connor - the housekeeper, prim bleak, middle aged

Briggs - a female reporter, eager

Gertrude - Andrea's Aunt, countrified, brisk, elderly

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