Arts & Culture

“Hilarious” comedy It Runs in the Family to open at Altrincham Garrick next week

By David Prior at

Hilarious comedy It Runs in the Family, from the master of farce Ray Cooney, is to open at the Altrincham Garrick next week.

Described by the Sunday Times as “a must for the bruised in spirit and the young at heart”, the play runs from Monday 25th September to Saturday 30th September.

Directed by Alan Clements, it tells the story of Dr Mortimer, a leading surgeon in London’s most prestigious hospital who is delivering the “Lecture of the Year” to a hundred of the world’s leading physicians when a distraught former mistress turns up.

The ex-mistress then informs him that their past union resulted in a baby boy who is now a strapping 16-year-old – and waiting outside to be introduced.

There is only one course of action – send for faithful friend, Dr Bonney.

Typical Cooney-esque complications ensue involving a police sergeant, Dr Mortimer’s wife, a severe hospital matron and Dr Bonney’s mother, although why Dr Bonney has to impersonate both matron and Al Jolson is too complicated to explain here and you will simply have to come along to find out.

The show is sponsored by Tom Howley. Season-opener Ladies in Lavender completed a successful run on Saturday.

For tickets, contact the box office on 0161 928 1677 or online at the Altrincham Garrick website