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Philip King

PHILIP KING  (1904 - 1979)

Nationality:    English
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Literary Agent:    Eric Glass Ltd  


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Air For Murder, An         As Black As She's Painted         Big Bad Mouse         Crystal Clear         Dark Lucy         Dream House, The         Elementary, My Dear         Go Bang Your Tambourine         Here We Come Gathering         Holiday Home         Housekeeper Wanted         How Are You, Johnnie         I'll Get My Man         Lonesome Road, The         Milk And Honey         Murder In Company         On Monday Next         Pools Paradise         Rock-A-Bye, Sailor!         Sailor, Beware!         See How They Run         Serious Charge         So Far No Further         Watch It Sailor         Who Says Murder         Wife Required         Without The Prince



Air For Murder, An

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Notes:
written with Falkland L Cary

1st Produced:
Colwyn Bay    1968

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1958   -

Music:
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Genre:
Thriller

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  5            Other:  -

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As Black As She's Painted

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1st Published:
Deane's Series of Plays, Kenyon-Deane, London, 1962   -

Music:
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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Big Bad Mouse

Synopsis:
In the Orders Office of Chunkibix Ltd, it is Mr Price-Hargreaves who gives the orders and Mr Bloome who obeys them. Until, that is, Mr Bloome is one day accused of chasing a young female person across Wandsworth Common making him the hero of every woman and girl in the office not least Miss Spencer. So glorious is Bloome's transformation, in fact, that when the young person in question discovers she has made a mistake in her identification, Bloome is the reverse of pleased and determines to keep her quiet.

Notes:
written with Falkland L Cary, idea by Ivan Butler

1st Produced:
Worthing, Sussex    1964

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1969   -

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Genre:
Farce

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Crystal Clear

Synopsis:
Ever since her husband died in a boating accident Jane Shaw rules her stationers and newsagent shop with a rod of iron and her son Craig too. Craig is in love with shop assistant Penny but is too afraid to tell his mother. Penny and Craig decide that Jane would be better if there was a man in her life and they persuade one of the customers to propose to her. Much to his shock she accepts. Then the supposedly dead husband turns up.

Notes:
Written by Falkland L Cary And Philip King

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1st Published:
Samuel French Ltd, London   -

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Dark Lucy

Synopsis:
Parsons wife solves mystery of disappearing girl and village recluse.

Notes:
written with Parnell Bradbury

1st Produced:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1971   -

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Genre:
Mystery

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Dream House, The

Synopsis:
Ernie takes his family on holiday to Sudsea which is a change from Shingle Sands where they have been going for years. He has plans to find a dream house there and set himself up as a taxi driver. He has just been sacked from the firm he works for using the taxi for his own purposes. at the boarding house he runs into an old acquaintance Belle who is posing as clairvoyant Madame Costella.

Notes:
Written by Falkland L Cary And Philip King

1st Produced:
-    1957

Company:
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1st Published:
Samuel French Ltd, London   -

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  5            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Elementary, My Dear

Synopsis:
the master of a school for detectives finds he has a lot to learn from his pupils

Notes:
written with John Boland

1st Produced:
-    1975

Company:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1975   -

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Genre:
Farce

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Go Bang Your Tambourine

Synopsis:
Long absent father returns to upset Salvation army son over barmaid who comes to stay

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1st Produced:
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Company:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1970   -

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Genre:
Tragedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Here We Come Gathering

Synopsis:
a young married couple, anne and Philip, have had a cottage in the country bought for them by Philip's parents. The four of them arrive at the unfurnished cottage just ahead of the furniture van. a woman from the village who was bringing them food has failed to arrive. Then the removal van breaks down half a mile from the cottage. The removal man's girlfriend falls into a stream and he sprains his ankle rescuing her. The bridge across the stream falls down marooning them all and then to top it all anne's ex-boyfriend turns up

Notes:
Written by Anthony Armstrong And Philip King

1st Produced:
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Company:
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1st Published:
Samuel French Ltd, London   -

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Holiday Home

Synopsis:
The Fisher family arrive back home from their holiday glad to be back home.They find that they left the gas on. The baby will not stop crying so the doctor is sent for - the baby has measles. What a welcome home.

Notes:
Written by Falkland L Cary And Philip King

1st Produced:
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1st Published:
Samuel French Ltd, London   -

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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Housekeeper Wanted

Synopsis:
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Notes:
written with Falkland L Cary

1st Produced:
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Company:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1972   -

Music:
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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  4            Other:  -

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How Are You, Johnnie

Synopsis:
Johnnie has never got on with his step-father and his mother regrets having married again. Step-father James is a police sergeant and bully. Johnnie discovers that he is having an affair and confronts him - they fight and Johnnie kills him. Johnnie is a lorry driver and he takes the body in his lorry and disposes of it. The police investigate as one of their own has disappeared. Les, Johnnie's younger gay assistant has realised that Johnnie is involved in the disappearance and uses this to try and get closer to him. Though Johnnie does not realise that Les is in love with him. The constant hounding he gets from the police is wearing Johnnie down to the point that he finally gives in and confesses

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1st Produced:
Worthing, Sussex    1962

Company:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1963   -

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Genre:
Murder Play. - - Gay, theme/character full length

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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I'll Get My Man

Synopsis:
Vicar advertises for a wife in order to escape domineering sister, as TV star nephew seeks refuge.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Bristol    1966

Company:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1968   -

Music:
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Genre:
Farce

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  5            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Lonesome Road, The

Philip King
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Notes:
written by Robin Maugham And Philip King

1st Produced:
Arts Theatre, London    28 Aug 1957

Company:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1959   -

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
Wearing - The London Stage 57.209

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Milk And Honey

Synopsis:
Milkman helps impoverished wife find relief from entertaining husband's clumsy guests.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Worthing, Sussex    1959

Company:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1968   -

Music:
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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Murder In Company

Synopsis:
The story involves an amateur dramatic society and the setting is the church hall where they rehearse

Notes:
written with John Boland

1st Produced:
-    -

Company:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1973   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Mystery Thriller Mystery

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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On Monday Next

Synopsis:
a repertory company is holding the second rehearsal for next week's play and things are proceeding in customary confusion

Notes:
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1st Produced:
-    1950

Company:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1950   -

Music:
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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  5            Other:  extras

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Pools Paradise

Synopsis:
priests and wives in quandary over winning football pools ticket

Notes:
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1st Produced:
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Company:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1961   -

Music:
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Genre:
Farce

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Rock-A-Bye, Sailor!

Synopsis:
Grandmother objects to choice of name at the christening calling for Royal intervention

Notes:
written with Falkland L Cary

1st Produced:
Oxford    1962

Company:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1963   -

Music:
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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  6            Other:  -

Further Reference:
-

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Sailor, Beware!

Synopsis:
a horrifying mother-in-law-to-be dominates proceedings.

Notes:
written by Falkland L Cary And Philip King

1st Produced:
Strand, London    16 Feb 1955

Company:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1958   -

Music:
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Genre:
Farce

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  5            Other:  -

Further Reference:
Wearing - The London Stage 55.29

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See How They Run

Synopsis:
Rumours fly and complications multiply for the vicar's wife. Period 1947

Notes:
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1st Produced:
-    pre 1950

Company:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London,    -

Music:
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Genre:
Farce

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Serious Charge

Synopsis:
The new vicar has transformed the vicarage with his flair for interior design. One of the village spinsters, Hester Byfield makes it plain that she is interested in him - romantically - but she is spurned. One of the village girls comes to see him and says that she is pregnant and ne'er do well teenager Larry is the father. after leaving the vicarage she sees Larry in the arms of the vicar's maid and distraught steps in front of an oncoming lorry and is killed. The vicar invites Larry over to the vicarage and tells him that he holds him responsible for the girl's death. Larry is in a dishevelled state as he has been fighting. When there is a ring at the door. Larry starts shouting. Hester comes in - Larry has knocked some items of furniture over and accuses the vicar of trying to interfere with him.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
adelphi, London    08 Nov 1953

Company:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1956   -

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama 3 act. - - Gay, theme/character full length

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  4            Other:  -

Further Reference:
Wearing - The London Stage 53.302; 55.30

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So Far No Further

Synopsis:
Loveless entanglement between husband and neighbour's wife leads to problems

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Southwick, Sussex    1968

Company:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1971   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Watch It Sailor

Synopsis:
sequel to sailor Beware, couple await their wedding day amidst surprise telegrams and misunderstandings

Notes:
written with Falkland L Cary

1st Produced:
-    1960

Company:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1961   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  5            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Who Says Murder

Synopsis:
two young naked girls add to the excitement and chaos of the home as skeletons roll out of the cupboard

Notes:
written with John Boland

1st Produced:
-    -

Company:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1975   -

Music:
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Genre:
Mystery Thriller Mystery

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Wife Required

Synopsis:
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Notes:
written with Falkland L Cary

1st Produced:
-    -

Company:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London,    -

Music:
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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Without The Prince

Synopsis:
a village amateur drama group are going to put on "Hamlet" but have no one to cast in the title role. a stranger arrives in the village - he has lost his memory but appears to be an actor. He is given the part. after some burglaries in the village he is accused of doing them but is acquitted. a West End impresario arrives the man with memory loss is in fact a world famous actor and on the night he is due to play "Hamlet" at the village he should be appearing in that role in the West End.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
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1st Published:
(French's acting Edition No. 198). Frontispiece. SF, 1939   -

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Genre:
Country Comedy in Three acts

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  4            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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