Stephen Jeffreys’s play A Going Concern is a drama about an ailing family business in 1960s London that specialises in making billiard tables as the trade is overtaken by the times. It was first staged at Hampstead Theatre, London, on 2 September 1993.
The action of the play takes place in the workshop of Chapel and Sons (Billiards) Ltd in the City Road, London, in April 1966. The company still makes billiard tables the old-fashioned way, in a dilapidated workshop, where three generations conspire against each other for control of the firm, while their livelihood is threatened by technological advances and the coming of American pool.
In her Introduction to the collection Stephen Jeffreys: Plays (Nick Hern Books, 2018), Jeffreys' wife Annabel Arden writes: '[Stephen's] father’s family ran a business making billiard tables, where he himself spent a short time working after university and which he immortalised in his play A Going Concern. According to family legend his great-grandfather taught the Pankhurst sisters how to play billiards.'
The Hampstead Theatre production was directed by Matthew Lloyd and designed by Sue Plummer. It was performed by Henry Stamper, David Horovitch, David Killick, Adam Godley, Reece Dinsdale, James Clyde, Shaun Prendergast and Samantha Holland.