Money (play)

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Money by Lytton, 4th edition title page.jpg
Fourth edition title page, 1840
Written by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Date premiered 8 December 1840
Place premiered Theatre Royal Haymarket, London
Original language English
Genre Comedy
Setting 19th century England

Money is a comic play by Edward Bulwer-Lytton. It was premièred at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, on 8 December 1840.


On 17 May 1911, there was a royal command performance of the play at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, for King George V, in honour of a visit to England by Wilhelm II, German Emperor, and his Empress, directed by Arthur Collins and produced by Sir Squire Bancroft, with George Alexander as Alfred Evelyn, Irene Vanbrugh as Clara Douglas, Winifred Emery as Lady Franklin, Herbert Tree as Graves and Stout, Laurence Irving as Sharp, Charles Hawtrey as Flat, Weedon Grossmith as Frantz, Sydney Valentine as Green, Alexandra Carlisle as Georgina Vesey, Charles Rock as MacFinch, Norman Forbes as MacStucco, Sir John Hare as Sir John Vesey, and Lewis Waller as Sir John's Servant, and with music arranged by J. M. Glover.[1][2]

The play was revived at the Royal National Theatre in 1999,[3] directed by John Caird and with a cast including Jasper Britton, Roger Allam (winner of the 2000 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor for the role), Simon Russell Beale, Sophie Okonedo, Patricia Hodge (who won Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for 2000 for her role) and Victoria Hamilton.

Film adaptation[edit]

Main article: Money (1921 film)

In 1921 the play was adapted into a silent film directed by Duncan McRae and starring Henry Ainley, Faith Bevan and Margot Drake.

Radio adaptation[edit]

A radio adaptation of the play by Kate Clanchy was premiered by BBC Radio 3 on 19 June 2011 as part of its Money Talks season and repeated on 1 July 2012.[4][5] It was the first radio play to be directed by Samuel West (who also played the minor and uncredited vocal role of a French tailor). The play was recorded at Bulwer-Lytton's stately home, Knebworth House, and the music was performed by the Endellion String Quartet. The producer was Amber Barnfather. The Financial Times described the production as “faultlessly stylish”.[6]



  1. ^ J. M. Glover, Jimmy Glover, His Book (1911), p. 269
  2. ^ Lionel Carson, ed., The Stage Year Book (Stage Offices, 1912), p. 107
  3. ^ Money – Productions – National Theatre
  4. ^ BBC – BBC Radio 3 Programmes – Drama on 3, Money
  5. ^ “The Week in Radio: A satirical class act that’s right on the money” – The Independent – 5 July 2012
  6. ^ Radio choice, Martin Hoyle, Financial Times, June 18/June 19 2011

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