As Britain’s financial turmoil dominates the headlines we step back to 1987 when the financial world came tumbling down with the Wall Street crash.

Caryl Churchill’s play Serious Money takes a look at the ruthless world of corporate finance and City greed. The Big Bang has changed the City. The square mile has been invaded by white knights and corporate raiders. Hot-shot dealer Billy Corman is plotting to take over the unsuspecting company Albion, aided and abetted by the new breed of yuppie traders. But their plans go awry when trader Jake Todd is found dead and the Department of Trade and Industry is brought in to investigate.

Full of satire and humour, Serious Money conveys the hectic excitement and the moral danger of financial risk bringing to life the swaggering, foul mouthed yuppies of the 80s.

A major force in British theatre, Caryl Churchill is one of the greatest and most celebrated playwrights of her generation. Her plays include Cloud Nine, Top Girls and A Number, which fast became one of the 21st century’s most acclaimed plays. Serious Money received its World Premiere at the Royal Court Theatre in 1987 after which it enjoyed runs in the West End and on Broadway.

See what the Press Night audience thought of the play:

Serious Money is pure genius”
Daily Telegraph

Serious Money takes a satirical swipe at the yuppies of Threadneedle Street, as well as get-rich-quick wheeler-deelers of both sexes”
Sunday Express

“Churchill has stood at the heart of the big bang and defined a world living off high-speed stealth”
The Observer

“It’s hard to resist the show’s satirical exuberance”
The Guardian

The Cast

Lex Shrapnel

Lex Shrapnel

Grimes/Billy Corman

Kirsty Bushell

Kirsty Bushell

Scilla/Ms Biddulph

Wil Johnson

Wil Johnson

Durkfeld/T.K./Nigel Ajibala

Sara Stewart

Sara Stewart

Marylou Baines/Mrs Etherington/Dolcie Starr

Rufus Wright

Rufus Wright

Jake Todd/Frosby/Grevett/Soat

Ian Gelder

Ian Gelder

Merrison/Greville Todd/Duckett/Gleason

Pandora Colin

Pandora Colin

Jacinta Condor

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I saw the London West End transfer of the original production in 1987 (sadly sans Gary Oldman from the original Royal Court cast) and it was great! It's a Restoration comedy for the Greed Is Good decade and a lot of the strength of the original show was Max Stafford-Clark's production which presented a parade of venal Hogarthian monsters blasting out filthy rhyming couplets at top speed and high volume. It will be interesting to see how The Rep stage it 22 years later and whether the attitudes have dated or the current financial melt-down gives it a new relevance.

I went to see Serious Money at The Rep on Saturday 9th and it was a good night out.

The play was fast moving if a little confusing at times due to fast character changes and moving about in time. However, I didn't get to the end of the play wondering what was going on. I may not have understood every word the characters uttered but it was very easy to understand the type of people they were and what the play was about.

This play may be 20 years old but it doesn't feel out of date. Well worth watching!

I saw the play last week and thought it was really interesting, certainly very resonant for now. There's a review on my blog here: http://cultureandanarchy.wordpress.com/2009/05/09/serious-money/

Excellent production, full of energy, wit (both barbed and caustic!), relevance and thoroughly entertaining.
The characters look a little stereotyped now but we'e all met or seen their like.

Serious Money.
I talked my son into coming with me,and, as he was only a child in the 80's, thought it would me my kind of thing and probably not his. Well- he really enjoyed it and I fell asleep in the 2nd half!!

We thought this was a superb production of a deeply relevant and thought-provoking play - congratulations to cast, director, designer and all concerned in any way.

Serious Money was a terrific production.
Visually exciting, tremendous pace, very entertaining, wonderful timing.
Congratulations to everyone.

I used my Rep Club membership to buy 4 tickets as my parents were in town and that represented tremendous value, given the show was so good. My folks, who attend many different events about the country, thought it excellent, as did I.

An excellent production of this topical play. Well done to everyone!

Excellent play highly appropriate in these troubled times, but not one I would see again mainly due to continuous serious bad language which frankly put me off.