Funeral Games

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Copenhagen Theatre Circle proudly presented an adaptation of Joe Orton’s Funeral Games, directed by Maria Lundbye, who directed Last Tango in Little Grimley for the Fringe Festival 2015.


PERFORMANCES – 23 September to 3 October 2015 (except 28 September)

Weekdays at 20:00; Saturdays and Sundays at 17:00


Krudttønden, Serridslevvej 2, 2100 Kbh. Ø (

The Play

“Maria Lundbye brings to life one of the most outrageously funny scripts of our time. […] The director has managed to give every character a presence of their own, individually making a remarkable impression on the public but at the same time dynamically interacting with each other and executing the carefully elaborate repartee that makes Orton’s play so special. […] The actors carefully master the wittiness that comes with British sense of humour and accentuate the irony and dark comedy that Danes so much enjoy.” (University Post)

The CTC’s autumn production ‘Funeral Games’ won’t be forgotten in a hurry […]. [Maria Lundbye] has expertly overseen the production of a set that whisks the audience away to London in the swinging 1960s. […] As the play’s title suggests, there were plenty of fun and games.” (Copenhagen Post)

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When religious conman and cult leader Pringle receives an anonymous letter alleging his wife Tessa is having an affair with a former Catholic priest, he hires young thug Caulfield to investigate.

Although it appears Tessa’s visits to the priest McCorquodale involve nothing more compromising than a blanket bath, Pringle believes it’s his right to kill her for committing adultery. But Pringle is persuaded to tell people Tessa has gone away, in the hope suspicions will be raised and he will develop a trendy reputation as a killer.

However, things go awry when a news reporter begins demanding proof of the murder and accuses Pringle of being innocent …

Although Funeral Games was first presented by Yorkshire Television back in 1968, and produced as a stage play in 1970, its humorous take on organized religion and fanaticism, and how people are drawn into it, is just as relevant today, if not even more so. Although Joe Orton’s career lasted only three years, until his death in 1967, it was very productive, and the adjective Ortonesque is sometimes used in reference to other similarly scandalous black comedies.

Featuring original music, a body part and sexual reference or two, you are invited to join us for a shock and a giggle – go on, we dare you!

The Cast

Religious conman and cult leader Pringle: Dominic Achaz.
Former priest (read: “dirty old priest”) McCorquodale: Adriano Mandolini.
Young thug Caulfield: Damian Kowalczyk.
And finally, Tessa, our lone female: Irina Norberg.
There will also be a number of cameo roles to look out for.

Press material

Click here to download a pdf of the poster.

Click here to download the press release in English.

Click here to download the press release in Danish.