suelloyd00@aol.com. Christopher Fry was born arthur Hammond Harris on December 18th 1907 in Bristol. His father, Charles was a master builder and then a full time lay reader in the Church of england. Believing that his mother, Emma was a descendANT of Elizabeth Fry the reformer he adopted the surname Fry and later like Elizabeth became a Quaker. He attended Bedford Modern School first as a pupil then as a teacher. In 1932 he gave up teaching to run the Tunbridge Wells Repertory Players - which he had founded. He had written plays whilst still a schoolboy and his career as a professional playwright took off when he was asked to write a play about Saint Cuthman. the play "the Boy With a Cart". When it was eventually put on in London in 1950 it starred Richard Burton. In 1936 he married Phyllis Hart. they had one son - Tam. as a Quaker he was a conscientious objector and spent part of the War cleaning sewers. In 1947 he was commissioned to write a play for the Arts Theatre - this was "the Lady's Not For Burning". It was a great success transferring from the Arts Theatre to a West end Theatre and then to Broadway. By the late 1950s he began to fall out of favour - he continued to write plays but never achieved the successes he had had. He died in Chichester on 30th June 2005. Phyllis had died in 1987

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CHRISTOPHER FRY

  (1907 - 2005)

Nationality:    English
email:    n/a     Website:    n/a

Literary Agent:    ACTAC (Theatrical and Cinematic) Ltd  

a full bibliography of his plays is being compiled by Sue Lloyd, Publisher, the Genge Press, Minehead suelloyd00@aol.com. Christopher Fry was born arthur Hammond Harris on December 18th 1907 in Bristol. His father, Charles was a master builder and then a full time lay reader in the Church of england. Believing that his mother, Emma was a descendANT of Elizabeth Fry the reformer he adopted the surname Fry and later like Elizabeth became a Quaker. He attended Bedford Modern School first as a pupil then as a teacher. In 1932 he gave up teaching to run the Tunbridge Wells Repertory Players - which he had founded. He had written plays whilst still a schoolboy and his career as a professional playwright took off when he was asked to write a play about Saint Cuthman. the play "the Boy With a Cart". When it was eventually put on in London in 1950 it starred Richard Burton. In 1936 he married Phyllis Hart. they had one son - Tam. as a Quaker he was a conscientious objector and spent part of the War cleaning sewers. In 1947 he was commissioned to write a play for the Arts Theatre - this was "the Lady's Not For Burning". It was a great success transferring from the Arts Theatre to a West end Theatre and then to Broadway. By the late 1950s he began to fall out of favour - he continued to write plays but never achieved the successes he had had. He died in Chichester on 30th June 2005. Phyllis had died in 1987

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        Bible, The: Original Screenplay         Boy With A Cart, The: Cuthman, Saint Of Sussex         Brontes Of Haworth, The         Cinderella         Curtmantle         Cyrano De Bergerac         Dark Is Light Enough         Duel Of Angels         Firstborn, The         Journey Into Light, A         Judith         Lady's Not For Burning, The         Lark, The         One Thing More; Or, Caedmon Construed         Open Door         Paradise Lost         Peer Gynt         Phoenix Too Frequent, A         Ring Round the Moon: A Charade With Music         Ringing Of Bells, A         Seasons, The         She Shall Have Music         Sleep Of Prisoners, A         Sleeping Beauty         Thor, With Angels         Thursday's Child: A Pageant         Tiger At the Gates         To Sea In A Sieve         Tower, The         Trojan War Will Not Take Place, The         Venus Observed         Yard Of Sun, A         Youth And the Peregrines



Bible, The: Original Screenplay

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Notes:
assisted by Jonathan Griffin

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Pocket Books, New York, 1966   -

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Boy With A Cart, The: Cuthman, Saint Of Sussex

Boy With A Cart, The: Cuthman, Saint Of Sussex
Story of St Cuthman, Sussex saint who pushed his mother around in a wheelbarrow before founding a church

Notes:
written for Amateurs to celebrate church jubilee; revived by John Gielgud At Lyric theatre, L'n in 1950

1st Produced:
Coleman's Hatch, Sussex    1938

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1st Published:
Oxford University Press, London, 1939   -

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Genre:
religious Drama in verse and prose One act

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Male:  8            Female:  5            Other:  extras

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Wearing - the London Stage 50.7

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Brontes Of Haworth, The

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Notes:
Little King; Home And Abroad; Delusions Song; Rewarding Destiny

1st Produced:
televised    1973

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1st Published:
Davis Poynter, London (2 vols), 1974   -

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Cinderella

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-    1934

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Pantomime

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Curtmantle

Curtmantle
the stage is William Marshal's mind as though he were remembering King Henry's life

Notes:
produced Edinburgh & London 1962

1st Produced:
Staadsschoburg, Tilburg, Netherlands (in Dutch)    1961

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1st Published:
Oxford University Press, London, 1961   -

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Play/Drama

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Cyrano De Bergerac

Cyrano De Bergerac
the swordsman poet with the large nose

Notes:
Original Playwright - edmond Rostand

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Oxford University Press, London, 1975   978-0192113860

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Genre:
adaptation

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Dark Is Light Enough

Dark Is Light Enough
set in an austrian country house near the border with Hungary, during the winter 1848-9. the Countess saves her friend Gettner when he becomes a deserter from the Hungarian cause.

Notes:
directed by Peter Brook with edith evans As the Countess

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1st Published:
Oxford University Press, London, 1954   978-0192113070

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Genre:
"Winter" comedy - 3 acts in verse Comedy

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Male:  13            Female:  3            Other:  extras

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Duel Of Angels

Synopsis:
modern retelling of Lucretia legend - virtuous woman is trapped into believing she has been unfaithful

Notes:
Original Playwright - Jean Giraudoux (Pour Lucrece). directed by Jean-Louis Barrault And starring Claire Bloom, Vivien Leigh And other major Actors

1st Produced:
Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne    1958

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Genre:
3 acts in prose - adaptation Play/Drama

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Firstborn, The

Firstborn, The
set in ancient egypt, with Moses about to lead the Israelites out of egypt. the Firstborn is Rameses, Set 2nd's son, who sympathises with the Israelites

Notes:
begun for the Tewkesbury Festival in 1938 And completed After the war. Broadcast 1947

1st Produced:
Edinburgh Festival    1948

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1st Published:
Oxford University Press 1949   -

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Genre:
verse Drama in 3 acts

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Male:  5            Female:  3            Other:  extras

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Journey Into Light, A

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music by Robert Walker

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Samuel French, London, 1992   -

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Judith

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Original Playwright - Jean Giraudoux

1st Produced:
London    1962

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Lady's Not For Burning, The

Lady's Not For Burning, The
Set in medieval england. Disillusioned soldier Thomas Mendip tries to save innocent, life-loving girl Jennet from being burned as a witch. Both are transformed by the meeting.

Notes:
the most famous of Fry's plays And the one which made his name And revived verse Drama in English. It has been counted one of the greatest 100 plays of the 20th century. Many revivals including television production on ITV

1st Produced:
Arts Theatre, L'n, then Globe theatre    10 Mar 1948

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1st Published:
Oxford University Press, London, 1949   -

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Genre:
"Spring" comedy in 3 acts in verse Comedy

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  3            Other:  extras

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Lark, The

Lark, The
Joan of arc has to die for the expediency of church and state

Notes:
Original Playwright - Jean Anouilh

1st Produced:
Lyric Theatre, London    11 May 1955

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Genre:
prose version of "L'alouette"

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One Thing More; Or, Caedmon Construed

One Thing More; Or, Caedmon Construed
about the poet Caedmon isolated and silenced for 30 years by immense personal grief

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Chelmsford, essex    1986

Company:
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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1987   978-0822208549

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Genre:
One act

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Open Door

Synopsis:
the life of Dr Thomas Bernardo

Notes:
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1st Produced:
London    1936

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1st Published:
Printed by the Boys at the Press of Dr Barnardo's Homes, Goldings, Herfordshire, nd   -

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Paradise Lost

Synopsis:
adam and eve are in despair after being turned out of the Garden of eden. a committee of demons meet to discuss what now for the pair

Notes:
music by Penderecki, poem by Milton

1st Produced:
Chicago    1978

Company:
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1st Published:
Schott, London, 1978   -

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-

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Peer Gynt

Synopsis:
Symbolic satirical in verse based on Norwegian folklore.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Henrik Ibsen

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1st Published:
Oxford University Press, London, 1970   -

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Phoenix Too Frequent, A

Synopsis:
retells Petronius's story of the widow of ephesus, who vows to die in her husband's tomb but rediscovers life and love

Notes:
performed As part of e.Martin Browne's verse play season. Revived by Paul Schofield At the Arts theatre, L'n in 1946

1st Produced:
the Mercury Theatre, London    25 Apr 1946

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-

1st Published:
Hollis & Carter, London, 1946   -

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Genre:
comedy in verse One act

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Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Ring Round the Moon: A Charade With Music

Ring Round the Moon: A Charade With Music
according to atkinson (Times), a play "of many moods. . .wistfully romantic, satirical, fantastic. . .To make his points about love (the author) has invented a fable about twin brothers-FredEric, who is shy and sensitive, and Hugo, who is heartless and aggressive. FredEric is in love with a hussy who is in love with Hugo. To save FredEric from an unhappy marriage, Hugo tries to distract him by bringing to a ball a beautiful dancer who masquerades as a mysterious personage and becomes the triumph of the occasion. She is a susceptible maiden in her own right. She not only breaks up all the cynical romances that have been going on before she arrived, but loses her own heart as well."

Notes:
Original Playwright - Jean Anouilh. A charade with music  A version of Anouilh's L'Invitation Au chateau.

1st Produced:
Globe Theatre, London    26 Jan 1950

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-

1st Published:
Methuen, London; OUP, London, 1950   -

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3 acts in prose Play/Drama

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Male:  8            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Wearing - the London Stage 50.14

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Ringing Of Bells, A

Ringing Of Bells, A
In a pub at elstow, Bedfordshire, a modern adam and eve talk to the bellringers about John Bunyan (who lived in elstow) and about God, time and creation.

Notes:
written for Fry's former school to mark the Millennium. Revived June 2001 At the National theatre, L'n

1st Produced:
Bedford Modern School    2000

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1st Published:
Samuel French Ltd, London   978-0573122071

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Genre:
conversational fantasy in verse

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Male:  5            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Seasons, The

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poems to Accompany Julie Cooper's Adaptation of Vivaldi's Four Seasons

1st Produced:
London    1990

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Genre:
Poems

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She Shall Have Music

Synopsis:
A famous crooner escapes his fans by getting his assistant to swop clothes with him

Notes:
Music by Monte Crick; Christopher Fry; lyrics by Ronald Frankau; Christopher Fry; book by Frank Eyton

1st Produced:
Saville Theatre, London    02 Aug 1932

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Genre:
Musical

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Sleep Of Prisoners, A

Sleep Of Prisoners, A
the dreams of each of four prisoners reflect stories in the bible which are related to their own characters

Notes:
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1st Produced:
University Church, Oxford, later that year in London at St Thomas's church    1951

Company:
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1st Published:
Oxford University Press, London, 1951   978-0192113100

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Genre:
religious dram- one act in verse

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Male:  4            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Sleeping Beauty

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1st Produced:
-    1935

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Genre:
Pantomime

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Thor, With Angels

Thor, With Angels
the coming of Christianity to a Jutish village in aD 596

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1st Produced:
Canterbury Festival    1948

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1st Published:
Goulden, Canterbury; French, London in acting edition, 1948; 1949, OUP, 1948   -

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Genre:
religious verse Drama in one act

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Male:  9            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Thursday's Child: A Pageant

Synopsis:
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Notes:
music by Martin Shaw

1st Produced:
Royal albert Hall, London    01 Jul 1939

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1st Published:
Girl's Friendly Society, London, 1939   -

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Tiger At the Gates

Synopsis:
Ulysses and Hector try unsuccessfully to avoid

Notes:
Original Playwright - Jean Giraudoux - "La Guerre de Troie n'aura pas lieu". Barbara Jefford played Helen. TV version, c 1955. As the Trojan War Will Not Take Place produced London 1983 (Methuen, 1983)

1st Produced:
apollo theate, L'n    02 Jun 1955

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Genre:
2-act prose translation Translation

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To Sea In A Sieve

Synopsis:
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Notes:
as Christopher Harris

1st Produced:
Reading    1935

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Genre:
revue Show

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Tower, The

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1st Produced:
Tewkesbury abbey, Gloucestershire    22 Jul 1939

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Trojan War Will Not Take Place, The

Synopsis:
Troy before the start of the War. Hector is desperate for peace especially as his wife Andromache is pregnant. However, he cannot persuade his brother Paris to send Helen back to Greece

Notes:
Original Playwright - Jean Giraudoux

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-    -

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1st Published:
Methuen 1983   978-0413532107

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Genre:
Translation

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Venus Observed

Venus Observed
fifty year old duke attempts to settle down and marry one of his three mistresses, however a twenty five year old tempts him away

Notes:
written for Sir Laurence Olivier for the opening of this theatre under his mangement

1st Produced:
St James Theatre, L'n    18 Jan 1950

Company:
-

1st Published:
Oxford University Press, London, 1950   -

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Genre:
"autumn" comedy in 3 acts in verse Comedy

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Wearing - the London Stage 50.6

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Yard Of Sun, A

Synopsis:
a 'summer comedy' set in Sienna just after World War II. In the courtyard of the Palazzo del Traguardo ("traguardo" means goal or winning-post) in Siena, Italy, during the summer of 1946, the year of the ' first Palio race after the devastation of the War, angelino Bruno, the caretaker, prepares to reopen the Palazzo and welcome the new owners. He tells his sons Roberto and Luigi (a third son, edmondo, had left home intent on becoming rich by whatever means) the great news that the great jockey Cambriccio will be riding for them in the Palio: a horse race where the horses represent different wards (contzade) of Siena. a rival jockey, alfio, comes searching for his lost father, Cesare Scapare. Giosetta Scapare, angelino's neighbour, Cesares wife and mother of Grazia (who had found alfio looking for the Palazzo), tells alfio that his Father had been arrested three years ago and has not returned, and that Grazia is his half sister. Though admiring alfio's courage to show up in rival territory, the Bruno brothers advise him to leave before he gets attacked. the new Palazzo owners arrive, and turn out to be the now wealthy edmondo and his wife, ana-Clara. the reunion turns chaotic as Roberto's resentment of his brother becomes heated, news comes of Cesare's returning, and Cambriccio is injured in a trial run of the race. Luigi becomes the unlikely winner of the Palio, and each member of the family heads towards their individual. goals.

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1st Produced:
the Playhouse, Nottingham    1970

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1st Published:
Oxford University Press, London, 1970   -

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Genre:
"Summer" comedy - 2 acts in verse Comedy

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  3            Other:  extras

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Youth And the Peregrines

Synopsis:
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also known As "the Peregrines"

1st Produced:
the Pump Room, Tunbridge Wells, Kent    01 May 1934

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Genre:
Short play

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