Infidelity among the political elite? Surely not?! Ray Cooney’s classic 1984 farce on the subject, Two Into One, will begin performances at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory March 8 with opening night set for March 19. Directed by the playwright, the show will play a limited engagement through April 26.
Two Into One focuses on the infidelity of MP Richard Willey. It’s not a particularly good time to be a philandering Brit politician. Rupert Murdoch isn’t yet hacking phones and digging up dirt on members of the British government, but under famously prudish Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher her government has adopted a puritanical platform. On the eve before voting on a bill that would outlaw pornography, everyone in Parliament is on their best behavior—everyone except Willey. While his colleagues prepare to debate, Willey is attempting to bed the Leader of the Opposition’s secretary in a London hotel. All ministerial aide George Pidgen has to do is book a hotel room for Willey to meet his mistress. But the bumbling assistant makes a series of disastrous mistakes, and extreme complications ensue in two adjoining suites.
Cooney’s notable works includes Move Over Mrs. Markham, Run for Your Wife, Out of Order, It Runs In the Family, Funny Money and Caught in the Net. A film adaptation of Run for Your Wife was released in 2013.
Two Into One will be designed by Paul Farnsworth, with lighting by Farnsworth and sound by Gregory Clarke. Casting will be announced in due course.