Spring play season to open in Chesterfield

Published: 14 January 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

John Goodrum, Susan Earshaw and Susie Hawthorne in Rumpus Theatre Company’s 2012 production of Funny Money

Tabs Productions and Rumpus Theatre Company are to stage a spring three-play season at Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre.

The plays are Ray Cooney’s Funny Money, the Ealing comedy The Titfield Thunderbolt and Rattle of a Simple Man—“plays especially chosen to send everyone home with a smile throughout the ever-brightening January and February nights”.

Karen Henson from Tabs and John Goodrum from Rumpus said, “here are three comedies to cheer us all, audiences and cast alike, and welcome 2022 with a bang!”

Goodrum said about Funny Money, “Rumpus loves presenting farces—especially by master of the genre Ray Cooney—and Chesterfield audiences love watching them!”

Rumpus is “thrilled” to be presenting another play about trains after it staged Goodrum’s adaptation of the Charles Dickens’s story The Signalman at the Pomegranate in 2018. Goodrum said, “The Titfield Thunderbolt in complete contrast is light, funny and charming, but with no stinting on the stunning train effects”.

Charles Dyer’s Rattle of a Simple Man was Tabs Productions’ third show in 1991. The 2022 version will be the 166th performed by the company.

The casts feature Chesterfield favourites Susie Hawthorne, Susan Earnshaw, David Gilbrook and David Martin. Also on stage will be Chloe Thorpe, Christopher Brookes, Jeremy Lloyd Thomas, Henson, Goodrum and a guest appearance by stage manager Conal Walsh.

Funny Money will run from Tuesday 18 until Saturday 22 January. Philip Goulding’s The Titfield Thunderbolt takes over from Tuesday 25 until Saturday 29 January and will be followed by Rattle of a Simple Man from Tuesday 1 until Saturday 5 February.

Related listings

Funny Money - Ray Cooney (Rumpus Theatre Company)

The Titfield Thunderbolt - Philip Goulding, based on the original Ealing comedy screenplay by T E B Clarke (Rumpus Theatre Company)

Rattle of a Simple Man - Charles Dyer (Tabs Productions)