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James Bridie

JAMES BRIDIE

  (1888 - 1951)

Nationality:    Scottish
email:    n/a     Website:    n/a

Literary Agent:    The Agency (London) Ltd  

James Bridie (3 January 1888 in Glasgow - 29 January 1951 in Edinburgh) was the pseudonym of a Scottish playwright, screenwriter and surgeon whose real name was Osborne Henry Mavor. He took his pen-name from his paternal grandfather's first name and his grandmother's maiden name. Mavor studied medicine at the University of Glasgow graduating in 1913, then served as a military doctor during World War I, seeing service in France and Mesopotamia. His comedic plays saw success in London, and he became a full-time writer in 1938. Despite this, he returned to the army during World War II, again serving as a doctor. He was the main founder of the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow, with his cousin, the author Guy McCrone and was also instrumental in the establishment of the Edinburgh Festival. Bridie worked with the director Alfred Hitchcock in the late 1940s. They worked together on: The Paradine Case (1947). Bridie originally wrote the screenplay, and Ben Hecht contributed some additional dialogue. But due to casting, the characters had to be changed. So David O. Selznick had to write another script. Under Capricorn (1949); Stage Fright (1950). In 1923, he married Rona Locke Bremner (1897-1985). Their son was killed in World War II. His other son Ronald (1925-2007) was also both a physician and playwright. Ronald became drama critic of The Scotsman after retiring from medicine, Director of the Scottish Arts Council and Deputy Chairman of the Edinburgh Festival. He was Professor of Drama and Head of the Drama Department at the University of Saskatchewan and was appointed C.B.E. in 1971. James Bridie died in Edinburgh of a stroke and is buried in Glasgow Western Necropolis. The Bridie Library at the Glasgow University Union is named after him, as is the annual Bridie Dinner that takes place in the Union each December. - Wiki

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        Amazed Evangelist, The         Anatomist, The         Babes In the Wood         Baikie Charivari, The         Black Eye         Colonel Witherspoon Or the Fourth Way Of Greatness         Dancing Bear, The         Daphne Laureola         Dr Angelus         Dragon And the Dove Or How the Hermit Abraham Fought the Devil For His Niece         Girl Who Did Not Want To Go To Kuala Lumpur, The         Gog And Magog         Golden Legend Of Shults, The         Holy Isle         It Depends On What You Mean         John Knox         Jonah 3         Jonah And the Whale         King Of Nowehere, The         Lancelot         Last Trump         Letter Box Raffles, The         Marriage Is No Joke         Mary Reed         Meeting At Night         Mr Bolfry         Mr Gillie         Pardoner's Tale         Pyrate's Den, The         Queen's Comedy, The         Sleeping Clergyman         Storm In A Teacup, A         Sunlight Sonata         Susannah And the Elders         Switchback         Tedious And Brief         Tobias And the Angel         Tragic Muse, The         What It Is To Be Young         What Say they?


Amazed Evangelist, The

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1st Produced:
Westminster Theatre, London     12 Dec 1932

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1st Published:
Constable 1932   

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One act

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Anatomist, The

Synopsis:
concerns the famous anatomist Dr Knox and the grave robbers Burke and Hare, set in Victorian england

Notes:
Revival

1st Produced:
Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh     06 Jul 1930

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London,    

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Genre:
Historical

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Male:  7            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Babes In the Wood

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1st Produced:
Embassy Theatre, London     13 Jun 1938

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1st Published:
Constable 1938   

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Genre:
Farce

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Baikie Charivari, The

Synopsis:
the Scottish seaside resort of Baikie Charivari 1930. the inhabitants are being controlled by the Devil who has made them like characters in a Punch and Judy Show

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1st Produced:
Citizens Theatre, Glasgow     06 Oct 1952

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1st Published:
Constable 1953   

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Drama

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Black Eye

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1st Produced:
Shaftesbury Theatre, London     01 Oct 1935

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1st Published:
Constable 1935   

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Genre:
Comedy

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Colonel Witherspoon Or the Fourth Way Of Greatness

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1st Produced:
Lyric Theatre, Glasgow     23 Mar 1934

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1st Published:
Constable & Co., Ltd, 1935   

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Genre:
Three act Comedy

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Dancing Bear, The

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1st Produced:
Lyric Theatre, Glasgow     02 Feb 1931

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Genre:
Comedy

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Daphne Laureola

Synopsis:
Lady Pitts sits in a restaurant she has consumed an enormous amount of brandy. She invites the other Diners to her home for tea. One, ernest a young Pole is very enamoured of her. Later when he tries to help her he is knocked out by Lady Pitts' chauffeur/attendant, Vincent. ernest talks to Lady Pitts' elderly husband who tells him the truth about her. Lord Pitts dies. Six months later ernest is at the restaurant again when Lady Pitts comes in with her new husband - Vincent

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1st Produced:
Wyndhams Theatre, London     23 Mar 1949

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1st Published:
Constable & Co., Ltd, 1949   

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Genre:
Four act Play

Parts:
Male:  12            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Dr Angelus

Synopsis:
Doctor angelus has taken on a junior partner, Doctor Johnson. angelus asks him if he will take over the care of his mother-in-law who has a gastric complaint. Johnson is warned to beware of angelus. the mother-in-law dies suddenly and angelus persuades Johnson to sign the death certificate saying it was a gastric complaint. the Dr angelus' wife becomes ill with the same complaint. angelus plies Johnson with whisky and when he should have been looking after Mrs angelus he falls asleep. When he wakes up she too is dead. Before he can go to the police they arrive.

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1st Produced:
-     1947

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1st Published:
Constable 1950   

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  5            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Dragon And the Dove Or How the Hermit Abraham Fought the Devil For His Niece

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1st Produced:
Lyric Theatre, Glasgow     01 Aug 1942

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Contained in: "Plays For Plain People" published by Constable 1944   

Music:
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Drama

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Girl Who Did Not Want To Go To Kuala Lumpur, The

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1st Produced:
Lyric Theatre, Glasgow     01 Nov 1930

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Genre:
Comedy

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Gog And Magog

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1st Produced:
Arts Theatre, London     01 Dec 1948

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Genre:
Historical Drama

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Golden Legend Of Shults, The

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1st Produced:
Perth Theatre, Perth, Scotland     24 Jul 1949

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Holy Isle

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1st Produced:
Arts Theatre, London     11 Dec 1942

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Contained in: "Plays For Plain People" published by Constable 1944   

Music:
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Genre:
Drama

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It Depends On What You Mean

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1st Produced:
Westminster Theatre, London     12 Oct 1944

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Constable 1948   

Music:
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Genre:
Drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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John Knox

Synopsis:
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Notes:
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1st Produced:
Citizens Theatre, Glasgow     18 Aug 1947

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Contained in: "John Knox and Other Plays" published by Constable 1949   

Music:
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Genre:
Historical Drama

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Jonah 3

Synopsis:
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Notes:
Revised version of "Jonah And the Whale". the second version of the play was A radio Adaptation called: "the Sign of the Prophet Jonah" broadcast in 1942

1st Produced:
-     1942

Organisations:
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1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Jonah And the Whale

Synopsis:
the story of Jonah is treated mainly on the familiar lines, spliced with irreverent attitudes

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Westminster Theatre, London     12 Dec 1932

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Constable & Co., Ltd, 1968   

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  15            Female:  11            Other:  -

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King Of Nowehere, The

Synopsis:
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Notes:
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1st Produced:
Old Vic, London     15 Mar 1938

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Constable 1938   

Music:
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Genre:
Drama

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Lancelot

Synopsis:
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Notes:
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1st Produced:
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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Contained in: "Plays For Plain People" published by Constable 1944   

Music:
-

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Genre:
Historical Drama

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Last Trump

Synopsis:
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Notes:
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1st Produced:
Festival Theatre, Malvern     05 Aug 1938

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Constable 1938   

Music:
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Genre:
Drama

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Letter Box Raffles, The

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Marriage Is No Joke

Synopsis:
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Notes:
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1st Produced:
Kings Theatre, Glasgow     01 Jan 1934

Organisations:
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1st Published:
-   

Music:
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Genre:
MeloDrama

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Mary Reed

Synopsis:
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Notes:
Written by James Bridie And Claude Gurney

1st Produced:
His Majesty's Theatre, London     21 Nov 1934

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Meeting At Night

Synopsis:
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Notes:
edited by Archibald Batty

1st Produced:
Citizens Theatre, Glasgow     01 May 1954

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Constable & Co., Ltd, 1956   

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Mr Bolfry

Mr Bolfry
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Notes:
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1st Produced:
Westminster, London     03 Aug 1943

Organisations:
Sherek Players

1st Published:
Contained in: "Devil To Stage" published by association of Scottish Literary Studies   

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Mr Gillie

Synopsis:
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Notes:
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1st Produced:
Kings, Glasgow     13 Feb 1950

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Constable & Co., Ltd, 1962   

Music:
-

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Genre:
Scottish Drama

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
Wearing - the London Stage 50.47

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Pardoner's Tale

Synopsis:
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Notes:
Based on "the Pardoner's Tale" from "the Pilgrim's Progress" by Geoffrey Chaucer

1st Produced:
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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Contained in: "Three Plays by James Bridie" Constable 1930   

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Genre:
adaptation

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Pyrate's Den, The

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Queen's Comedy, The

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1st Produced:
Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh     21 Aug 1950

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Sleeping Clergyman

Synopsis:
Charles Cameron a dissolute medical student is on his death bed. He agrees to marry a young woman he has made pregnant to save her reputation. When the daughter of the marriage is a young woman she poisons a young man of inferior station to hers as he wishes to marry her. When her son is an adult he discovers a cure for a plague that is ravaging the world.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Festival Theatre, Malvern     29 Jul 1933

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Constable & Co., Ltd, 1961   

Music:
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Genre:
Two act play Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  13            Female:  7            Other:  -

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Storm In A Teacup, A

Synopsis:
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Notes:
Based on "Storm In A Waterglass (Stum in Wasserglas)" by Bruno Frank. Also known As "Storm Over Patsy"

1st Produced:
Royalty Theatre, London     05 Feb 1936

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French Ltd, London 1937   

Music:
-

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Genre:
adaptation

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Sunlight Sonata

Sunlight Sonata
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Notes:
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1st Produced:
Lyric Theatre, Glasgow     23/1928

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Contained in: "Devil To Stage" published by association of Scottish Literary Studies   

Music:
-

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Genre:
Drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Susannah And the Elders

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1st Produced:
Duke Of Yorks Theatre, London     31 Oct 1937

Organisations:
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1st Published:
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Genre:
Religious play

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Switchback

Synopsis:
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1st Produced:
Birmingham Repertory Theatre     09 Mar 1929

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Constable & Co., Ltd, 1931   

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy

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Tedious And Brief

Synopsis:
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Notes:
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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Constable & Co., Ltd,    

Music:
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-

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Tobias And the Angel

Synopsis:
the archangel Raphael accompanies Tobias when he goes to collect a debt owed to his old blind father. Tobias falls in love with Sara the daughter of the merchant who owes the money and marries her. Sara's Father has strangled her previous seven husbands on their wedding night. With the help of the archangel Tobias overcomes him and returns home to his Father with his bride.

Notes:
In case this is of interest - since it Appears to be of An earlier date than the Google reported publication of Bridie's play. In 1940 As A cadet At the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, I played the part of Sara in the play Tobias And the Angel by James Bridie. I have in hand the printed piece given to the Audience. Our headmaster was R. Kempson, related (if I remember Aright) to Rachel Kempson And/or Vanessa Redgrave - or maybe his daughter was Vanessa who married Rupert !!! Our producers for the play were W.R.G. eustace And J.S. Sampson of the school's faculty. Our prompter was D.H Cunliffe-Owen Also faculty And who may, later, have had A name in Academics or Authorship.
- Mark Thornewill [mthornewil@gmail.com]

1st Produced:
Festival, Cambridge     20 Nov 1930

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1st Published:
Constable & Co., Ltd, 1969   

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Genre:
play 3 act

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  8            Other:  -

Further Reference:
Wearing - the London Stage 53.159

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Tragic Muse, The

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What It Is To Be Young

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1st Produced:
Birmingham Repertory Theatre     02 Nov 1929

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Drama

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What Say they?

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1st Produced:
Festival Theatre, Malvern     07 Aug 1939

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Genre:
Drama

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