Martin Crimp's play Dealing with Clair is a darkly comic drama about greed and social conformism. It was first performed at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, on 13 October 1988.
The play is set in London. Mike and Liz, a middle-class couple in their thirties, are selling their house and are anxious to get the maximum price for it. So, although they have already accepted an offer on the property, they are open to a higher cash bid from an enigmatic picture-dealer called James. Clair is the estate agent caught in the middle, who becomes the excuse for the couple’s double-dealing and an object of unhealthy curiosity on the part of James.
The premiere production was directed by Sam Walters and designed by Anne Gruenberg. It was performed by Tom Courtenay, John Michie, Julia Hills, Janine Wood, Anna Mazzotti and Matthew Sim.
This Nick Hern Books edition was published alongside a new production of the play at the Orange Tree, in October 2018, in a co-production with English Touring Theatre.