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”
“Serious Money takes a satirical swipe at the yuppies of Threadneedle Street, as well as get-rich-quick wheeler-deelers of both sexes”
“Churchill has stood at the heart of the big bang and defined a world living off high-speed stealth”
“It’s hard to resist the show’s satirical exuberance”
Marylou Baines/Mrs Etherington/Dolcie Starr
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