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What Is It?

John Caird's warmly received Olivier production of Edward Bulwer-Lytton's early Victorian hit comedy, which examines whether money or poverty lies at the root of all evil.

Who's In It?

An excellent cast includes Roger Allam as a supposedly grieving widower, smitten by Patricia Hodges' (right) drily witty Lady Franklin, while Simon Russell Beale is superb as Alfred Evelyn coming to terms with his new- found wealth. With Dennis Quilley and Simon Day.

What They Say About It

"Highly entertaining revival... The text could, I feel, use some cutting; but, by and large, Money is priceless," Paul Taylor, The Independent.

"John Caird's handsome revival delivers a totally beguiling evening," Michael Coveney, Daily Mail.

"Caird has assembled one of the finest casts in London... It is better than Money deserves, but it serves its purpose. It makes the play seem better than it is," Benedict Nightingale, The Times.

"Combines almost continuous pleasure with a real sense of discovery," Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph.

Where You Can See It

Money is at the Olivier Theatre, National, London SE1 (0171-452 3000) booking until 15 Sept