FUNNY BUSINESS by Derek Benfield

Direction: Robert Rumpf


If you like hilarious farce with a sophisticated plot, then this British offering is for you. The fun begins when Ferris takes over the management of his sister’s shady hotel while she is on holiday. Little does he know that a newspaper critic will soon appear anonymously to evaluate the hotel. He also has to deal with the other guests who are all hiding guilty secrets of their own. The result is a wild sequence of lies and misunderstandings as Ferris desperately tries to save the hotel’s reputation in the eyes of the critic. But how can he possibly succeed when it is impossible to tell which of the guests is really the critic? 

 “A must see for lovers of riotous comedy!” (The Stage)


Wenn Sie urkomische Komödien mit raffinierter Handlung mögen, dann ist dieses britische Stück genau das Richtige für Sie. Der Spaß beginnt als Ferris das Management für das dubiose Hotel seiner Schwester übernimmt, die sich im Urlaub befindet. Er hat keine Ahnung, dass sich bald ein anonymer Schreiberling einer Zeitung ankündigt, um das Hotel zu bewerten. Er muss sich auch mit Geheimnissen anderer Gäste auseinandersetzen. Das Resultat ist eine wilde Aneinanderreihung von Missverständnissen und Lügen, während Ferris verzweifelt versucht den Ruf des Hotels zu retten. Aber wie gelingt es ihm herauszufinden, wer unter allen Gästen der Kritiker ist? Ein absolutes Muss für alle Fans von wilden Komödien. 

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FERRIS - Stephen Chance

HENRY - David Habbin

ANGELA - Debbie Radcliffe

JUDY - Jan Hirst

MR JOHNSON - Gil Sutherland

EDGAR - Blake J Askew


Direction: Robert Rumpf

Set Design: Mathias Wardeck

Costume Design: Patricia Royo

Music: Paul Glaser

Lighting & Sound Technician: Heiko Böttner

Stage Management & Props: Rebecca Delmas / Bianca Maes Loch

Set Design Assistance: René Ahnert

Hairstyling: Birgit Wolf

London Casting: Gordon Griffin MBE

FUNNY BUSINESS is presented by special arrangement with The Agency (London), 24 Pottery Lane, London W11 4LZ, e-mail:


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