Playwright-director-producer Ray Cooney is hoping to premiere his debut musical this autumn. Time’s Up has already been seen in the West End, in a one-off workshop performance attended by over 200 theatregoers in January (See The Goss, 6 Jan 2005). Now, Cooney tells us, the show is readying for a full production in late October/early November at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. Cooney is well known for his hit farces, including Run for Your Wife! and its sequel, Caught in the Net, which is touring in the winter. Time’s Up, his first musical comedy, tells the story of a young lawyer who goes to a hypnotherapist in an effort to quit smoking. While in a trance, he regresses to a previous life full of gangsters and ragtime music. Cooney has written the book for the show, which has music by Keith Strachan, lyrics by Mary Stewart-David and choreography by Carole Todd. If all goes well in Guildford, perhaps Time’s Up could transfer in time for Christmas? In the meantime, Cooney’s latest farce, Tom, Dick and Harry, which he co-wrote with his son Michael, opens at the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre in August (See News, 14 Jun 2005).