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J B Priestley

J B PRIESTLEY  (1894 - 1984)

Nationality:    English
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Literary Agent:    United Agents  estate represented by Nicki Stoddart


J B Priestley was born in Bradford, he was educated there and at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. His reputation as a Dramatist was extablished by Dangerous Corner (1932), Time and the Conways (1937), and other plays on space-time themes, as well as popular comedies such a Laburnum Grove (1933), and his psychological mystery, An Inspector Calls (1947). Best known as a writer of novels, Priestley was also master of the essay form. He was an astute, original and controversial commentator on contemporary society - Journey Down the Rainbow (1955), written with his archaeologict wife, Jacquetta Hawkes.

Research: J.B. Priestley: An Annotated Bibliography by Alan Edwin Day, 1980

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Bad Samaritan, The         Bees on the Boat Deck         Bright Shadow: A Play of Detection         Cornelius: A Business Affair in Three Transactions         Dangerous Corner         Desert Highway         Dragon's Mouth         Duet in Floodlight         Eden End         Ever Since Paradise: An Entertainment, Chiefly Referring To Love And Marriage         Glass Cage, The         Glass of Bitter, A         Golden Fleece, The         Good Companions, The         Good Night Children         High Toby, The         Home is Tomorrow         How Are They at Home? A Topical Comedy         I Have Been Here Before         I'm A Stranger Here         Inspector Calls, An         Jenny Villiers         Johnson over Jordan         Laburnum Grove         Linden Tree, The         Long Mirror, The         Mother's Day         Music At Night         Mystery At Greenfingers         Olympians, The         Pavilion Of Masks, A         People At Sea         Private Rooms         Rack, The         Rebels, The         Rose and Crown, The (televised 1946)         Roundabout, The         Scandalous Affair of Mr Kettle and Mrs Moon, The         Severed Head, A         Spring Tide         Summer Day's Dream         Take The Fool Away         These Our Actors         They Came To A City         Thirty-First Of June, The         Time And The Conways         Treasure on Pelican (as Treasure on Pelican Island, televised 1951; as Treasure on Pelican, produced 1952)         Try It Again         When We Are Married         White Countess, The



Bad Samaritan, The

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Liverpool    1937

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Bees on the Boat Deck

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London    1936

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London, Heinemann 1935   -

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Farcical Tragedy

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Bright Shadow: A Play of Detection

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Cornelius: A Business Affair in Three Transactions

Cornelius: A Business Affair in Three Transactions
As bankruptcy looms, the ever optimistic Jim Cornelius, partner at import firm Briggs and Murrison, is fighting to keep his creditors happy and his spirits up. Tensions rise with the arrival of Judy, the beautiful, young typist who shows Cornelius the life he could have led... Written for Ralph Richardson in 1935, Priestley observes the politics and tensions of daily office life with searing wit and humanity in this hilarious and heart-breaking story of friendship, unrequited love and business.

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1st Produced:
Birmingham    1935

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1st Published:
Samuel French Ltd, 1935
in Three Plays and a Preface, London Heinemann 1950
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Play/Drama

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Dangerous Corner

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After dinner the conversation turned to the suicide of Martin Caplan. A chance remark by one of the guests make it seem that there was more to it than the fact that he had been discovered embezzling money from his firm. They decide that the matter must be looked into further and that they must all tell the whole truth no matter what. But is telling the truth always the best option?

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1st Produced:
Lyric Theatre, London    May 1932

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London, Heinemann and New York, French, 1932   978-0573010880

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Desert Highway

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Dragon's Mouth

Dragon's Mouth
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written by J B Priestley And Jacquetta Hawkes

1st Produced:
Winter Garden, London    15 May 1952

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William Heinemann 1960   -

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Genre:
Dramatic Quartet, 2 parts

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Wearing - The London Stage 52.92

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Duet in Floodlight

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1st Produced:
Liverpool    1935

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London, Heinemann 1935   -

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Eden End

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Wilfred and Lillian talk about their sister Stella who left home some years ago to become an actress. Lillian has stayed at home to keep her widowed father company; Wilfred has been working in Nigeria. Stella unexpectedly arrives. Her father tells her that he is proud of her successes - but there have actually been very few. Geoffrey Farrant an old flame of Stella's comes to call and something begins to re-kindle between them - much to the annoyance of Lillian who has noticed the mark of a ring on Stella's wedding finger. Stella tells her that she did marry the actor Charles Appleby but they are now separated. Lillian sends for Charles. Geoffrey is stunned to find that Stella is married and has not told him. Stella and Lillian have a confrontation and Lillian says she blames Stella for their mother's death. Charles takes Wilfred out drinking - Stella is angry about this. When they return she announces that she has been given a part in a West End play - she just wants to get away as she realises she no longer fits in. She and Charles leave and try to patch things up

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1st Produced:
Duchess Theatre, London    13 Sep 1934

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in Three Plays and a Preface, London Heinemann 1935   -

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Genre:
family Drama

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Ever Since Paradise: An Entertainment, Chiefly Referring To Love And Marriage

Ever Since Paradise: An Entertainment, Chiefly Referring To Love And Marriage
Ever Since Paradise he described as 'A Discursive Entertainment, chiefly referring to Love and Marriage in Three Acts'. Three couples are made up of The Musicians, the Commentators and The Example, and together they illustrate various aspects of relationships, accompanied by appropriate music on two pianos.

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1st Produced:
New Theatre, London    04 Jun 1947

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1st Published:
in The Plays by J B Priestley: Vol II, William Heinemann, 1949
in Priestley: Plays Three, Oberon Books (2012) >>>    978-1849432481

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Glass Cage, The

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The play is set in one of that city's more rigidly religious households in 1906. The McBanes are a pious, Bible-thumping lot, dominated by the bullying John and his bachelor brother, Robert. Into their midst comes a strange trio of siblings, the fruits of a marriage between a third, wild McBane brother and a Native American woman. As the three disrupt the puritanical household with their boozing and sexual seduction, we are kept in the dark as to their ultimate purpose. Finally, Priestley makes it clear that they are hell-bent on revenge for the way their late dad was cheated of his rightful inheritance. Priestley, as we know from his earlier work, is an expert at undermining bourgeois hypocrisy. We watch with mounting pleasure as he skillfully unpicks the dark and dirty secrets of the Presbyterian McBanes. Priestley created the play at a time when he had become disenchanted with transAtlantic ma-terialism and his wife was busy exploring the life of Native American tribes, so he writes well about the collision of two cultures. Yet there is something schematic about the way he shows the intruders releasing the Dionysiac instincts of their strait-laced female cousin and her theological boyfriend. In attacking a life-denying religious orthodoxy, Priestley shows himself to be the architect of an inflexible Dramatic structure.
Michael Billington, Guardian

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1st Produced:
Crest Theatre, Toronto    1957

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Samuel French, London, 1958   -

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play 2 act

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Wearing - The London Stage 57.97

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Glass of Bitter, A

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Golden Fleece, The

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(as The Bull Market, produced 1944).

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Contained in: "The Plays Of J B Priestley volume Two" published by Heinemann 1948   -

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Good Companions, The

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book by J B Priestlley And Edward Knoblock, lyrics by Harry Graham And Frank Eyton, music by Richard Addinsell, from the novel by Priestley

1st Produced:
London    1931

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London, Heinemann and New York, French, 1932   -

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Good Night Children

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Genre:
A Comedy of Broadcasting

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High Toby, The

High Toby, The
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Puffin Books 1948   -

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Play for the Toy Theatre

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Home is Tomorrow

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Contained in: "The Plays of J B Priestley volume Three" published by Heinemann 1948   -

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How Are They at Home? A Topical Comedy

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I Have Been Here Before

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Dr Gortler believes that past, present and future are all inter-linked in one spiral. He tells the guests at the inn where he is staying the story of a young married couple. The young couple check in - the past. The marriage proves an unhappy one and the wife meets her lover at the inn - the present. The husband discovers the affair and shoots his rival - the future. Are the three people he is telling the story to be involved in a similar story?

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1st Produced:
Royalty Theatre, London    22 Sep 1937

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London, Heinemann 1937   -

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Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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I'm A Stranger Here

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1st Produced:
Bradford    1937

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Inspector Calls, An

Synopsis:
A young shop girl has poisoned herself - surely no one in the well to do Birling family could have had anything to with that? But when Inspector Goole arrives at their house and starts his investigation - everyone looks guilty

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Prior to the UK premiere the play had been put on in two Moscow theatres in 1945

1st Produced:
UK Premiere: New Theatre, London    1946

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Samuel French Ltd, London   978-0573012051

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Jenny Villiers

Jenny Villiers
Jenny Villiers examines life in the Theatre. The doubts of the present are confronted by players from the past, and a jaded playwright recovers his faith in the Theatre.

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performed on the stage, but later rewritten and published as novel

1st Produced:
Bristol: Theatre Royal    1946

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Johnson over Jordan

Synopsis:
Robert Jordan an mild business man has died and in limbo finds himself on a trek to the Inn At The End Of The World

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Original music by Benjamin Britten

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Laburnum Grove

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The Radfern family live in Laburnum Grove in North London. George tends his garden and greenhouse and his wife is content looking after the house. One day their daughter complains about how staid everything is George tells her that he has a secret life running a gang of counterfeiters. His family think he is joking until a police inspector calls.

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1st Produced:
London    1933

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London, Heinemann 1934   -

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Genre:
Immoral Comedy

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Linden Tree, The

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It is Professor Linden's sixty-fifth birthday. The family have gathered to celebrate and to urge him to retire. But he feels that he still has much to give. Despite pressure from the family and the university vice-chancellor he decides to stay on at his teaching post

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Play/Drama

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Long Mirror, The

Long Mirror, The
The Long Mirror recounts the meeting between a composer and a young woman who seems to have been telepathically connected to him for some time, and has experienced much of his life before actually meeting him. Her knowledge of his past can help his future as an artist and a husband. It was based on a true incident.

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1st Produced:
Playhouse, Oxford    Mar 1940

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in Three Plays by J B Priestley, William Heinemann, 1943
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Mother's Day

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Music At Night

Music At Night
Music at Night centres on a group of people attending a musical evening to hear a new work. Each act follows a movement in the music, which inspires the listeners to react each in their own way, looking inside themselves for their true feelings and sometimes remembering significant moments from their past. As often in Priestleys work, the relations between the sexes play an important part

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1st Produced:
Malvern Festival Theatre    02 Aug 1938

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1st Published:
in Three Plays by J B Priestley, William Heinemann, 1943
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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  10            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Mystery At Greenfingers

Synopsis:
The staff of a hotel are getting it ready to open for the new season. It is snowing heavily. Miss Tracy and her companion arrive having battled through the snow and ask to be put up. However someone shoots the companion and it is up to the hotel detective to solve the murder

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1st Produced:
London    1938

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Samuel French Ltd, London 1937   -

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Genre:
comedy of detection

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Male:  4            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Olympians, The

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music by Arthur Bliss

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Pavilion Of Masks, A

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1st Produced:
Germany    1961

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1958   -

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People At Sea

Synopsis:
about a group of passengers on a stricken Atlantic ocean liner.

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aka I'm A Stranger Here

1st Produced:
London    1937

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London, Heinemann and New York, French, 1937   -

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Private Rooms

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One-Act Comedy in the Viennese Style

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Rack, The

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(produced as Die Tortur, 1959).

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Rebels, The

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Rose and Crown, The (televised 1946)

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Roundabout, The

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1st Produced:
Liverpool    1932

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London, Heinemann and New York, French, 1933   -

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Scandalous Affair of Mr Kettle and Mrs Moon, The

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On his way to work at the bank one morning, the manager Mr Kettle freaks out. He goes back home changes into his casual clothes and sets about enjoying himself. No one apart from Mrs Kettle can understand him and why he is behaving in this way. Mrs Kettle joins him in his rebellion. The bank officials employ a doctor to hypnotise Mr Kettle and get him back to his former self.

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1st Produced:
Pleasure Gardens, Folkestone    22 Aug 1955

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Samuel French Ltd, London   -

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comedy 3 act

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Male:  6            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Wearing - The London Stage 55.172

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Severed Head, A

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written with Iris Murdoch, from novel by Murdoch

1st Produced:
Bristol    1963

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Chatto & Windus, London, 1964   -

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Spring Tide

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written by J B Priestley (as Peter Goldsmith) with Geoge Billam

1st Produced:
London    1936

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London, Heinemann and New York, French, 1936   -

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Summer Day's Dream

Summer Day's Dream
Following a devastating nuclear war which has seen Britain bombed back into the pre-industrial past, Stephen Dawlish and his family live a quiet rural life. Until their quiet, agrarian existence is disrupted by the appearance of three representatives of the New World Order  an American, a Russian and an Indian  who have devastating plans that will end their new peaceful way of life forever. . .

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revived at Finborough Theatre, london, 08 Sep 2013

1st Produced:
St Martin's Theatre, London    08 Sep 1949

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1st Published:
Samuel French London, 1950
Oberon Books (2013) >>>    978-1783190515

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Take The Fool Away

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1st Produced:
Vienna    1956

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These Our Actors

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Glasgow    1956

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They Came To A City

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Nine people arrive at dawn outside the walls of a city. They have no idea how they got there and find the gate the city barred to them. Later the gate opens and they all enter the city - but what lies in there and why was a random group of people brought there?

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1st Produced:
-    1943

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Samuel French Ltd, London   -

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Theatre Record Volume XXXI (2011) Issue 09 Page 460

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Thirty-First Of June, The

Thirty-First Of June, The
The 31st of June is a comedy set partly in an advertising agency and partly in a medieval castle; Jenny Villiers is a serious play set backstage in an old provincial theatre. But both exploit elements of Time. In the 31st of June scenes switch between modern times and the middle ages, while characters move between both. There are kings, company bosses, princesses, fashion models, dwarves and two rival magicians. causing confusion and romance.

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A Tale of True Love, Enterprise and Progress in the Arthurian and AD-Atomic Ages

1st Produced:
Old Theatre London School of Economics    1957

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1st Published:
William Heinemann Ltd; First Edition edition (Dec 1961) (ISBN-13: 978-0434603268)
in Priestly: Plays Four, Oberon Books (2013) >>>    978-1849432177

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comedy

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Time And The Conways

Time And The Conways
1919 Mrs Conway and her four daughters are having a party. They look forward to the future. The girls anticipate blissful married life with their young men. 1937 - those daughters that married did so unhappily and those that did not regret their lives.

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London    1937

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Harper Brothers   -

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Treasure on Pelican (as Treasure on Pelican Island, televised 1951; as Treasure on Pelican, produced 1952)

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Try It Again

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1st Produced:
London    1965

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Samuel French, London, 1953   -

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When We Are Married

When We Are Married
In the heart of Northern England, three respectable couples, married on the same day, at the same church, and by the same vicar, join to celebrate 25 years of blissful matrimony. Or so they think& The happy celebrations are brought to a sudden halt by a shocking revelation  these pillars of the community arent quite as respectably married as they thought they were. As the home truths fly like confetti and conjugal rites turn to farcical fights, an evening of sparkling comic mayhem erupts. With a photographer from the local paper due to arrive any second, a missing housekeeper and a doorbell that wont stop ringing, can the three couples keep a lid on their embarrassing secret? Penned in 1938, this is a classic comedy that is a blessed union of laughs and surprises

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1st Produced:
St Martin's, London    11 Oct 1938

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1st Published:
Heineman 1938
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Yorkshire Farcical Comedy

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Male:  7            Female:  7            Other:  -

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National Library of Scotland ref: Citizens' Theatre - Acc.4933/11

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White Countess, The

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written by J B Priestley And Jacquetta Hawkes

1st Produced:
Gaity, Dublin    16 Feb 1954

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Genre:
play 3 act

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Male:  6            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Wearing - The London Stage 54.73

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