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Christopher Taylor


  (1926 - 2008)

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Actor and playwright Christopher Taylor was noted for his play The Velvet Shotgun, an adaptation of Henry James' Wings of a Dove. He was a close associate and friend of the late director Frith Banbury and worked with him many times during his career. He died on August 18, 2008, aged 82.

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        Velvet Shotgun, The

Velvet Shotgun, The

Set in England in the 1920s, an impoverished British woman, who gives up her fancy and powerful lifestyle for her journalist boyfriend, befriends a terminally ill American heiress hoping she and her boyfriend will come into access with wealth and power again. Kate Croy and Merton Denver are engaged in a passionate clandestine live affair. Kate is desperately in love with Merton, who has all the qualities of a potentially excellent husband: he's handsome, witty and idealistic - the one asset he lacks is money, which ultimately renders him unsuitable as a mate. By chance Kate befriends a young American heiress, Milly theale. When Kate discovers that Milly suffers from a mysterious and fatal disease she hatches a plan that can give all three characters something that they all want - but at a price! there are many angles in the play: tales of deception, social hypocrisy, conflict between our hearts desire and conscience. . . However, in the heart of his gripping story lies an unforgettable love triangle. A night of complexities and irony, moral treachery and more.

adapted from Wings of a Dove the novel by Henry James

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Stage Further Productions

1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1964   -


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Further Reference:
Wearing - the London Stage 58.132

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