Lucky Stiff

A silhouette of a dead man in a suit lying on a psychedelic multi coloured background.

This show is quirky and fun, with poignant moments, hilarious songs, outrageous plot twists, and a cast of unforgettable characters, Lucky Stiff reminds us that even the weirdest situations can lead to unexpected beauty. So come for the laughs, stay for the heartwarming message, and don't forget your dancing shoes!

Based on the novel “The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo” by Michael Butterworth, “Lucky Stiff” has a story reminiscent of the popular film “Weekend at Bernie’s.”

A mysterious set of circumstances has caused London shoe salesman Harry Witherspoon’s distant uncle, Anthony Hendon, to suddenly pass away. As Anthony’s only living relative, Harry will inherit $6,000,000, but only if he takes the embalmed, wheelchair-strapped body on his uncle’s planned vacation to Monte Carlo. Harry must follow an activity-specific agenda with the body, or the money will go instead to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn, whose director, Annabel Glick, follows Harry in the hope that he’ll slip up.

Add in a near-sighted and abrasive gangster’s girlfriend, a nervous optometrist, a boisterous and gregarious Italian playboy, a sexy French cabaret singer, and a variety of other over the top characters, and it all results in a story of mistaken identities, disguises, surprising love interests, plot twists and surprising reveals.

“Lucky Stiff” is an over-the-top farce that will keep the laughter coming! The show is written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, who went on to collaborate on “Ragtime,” “Once on this Island,” “Seussical,” and “Anastasia”.



  • Thursday, 20 June 2024 | 07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Friday, 21 June 2024 | 07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Saturday, 22 June 2024 | 07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Sunday, 23 June 2024 | 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM


Portland Arts Centre, 4A Glenelg St, Portland, 3305, View Map

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