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John Van Druten

JOHN VAN DRUTEN  (1901 - 1957)

Nationality:    USA
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John William Van Druten (1 June 1901  19 December 1957) was an English playwright and Theatre director, known professionally as John Van Druten. He began his career in London, and later moved to America becoming a U.S. citizen. He was known for his plays of witty and urbane observations of contemporary life and society.

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        After All         Behold, We Live         Bell, Book and Candle         Chance Acquaintance         Damask Cheek, The         Distaff Side, The         Diversion         Druid Circle, The         Flowers of the Forest         Gertie Maude         Hollywood Holiday         I Am a Camera         I Remember Mama         I've Got Sixpence         Leave Her To Heaven         London Wall         Make Way for Lucia         Mermaids Singing, The         Most of the Game         Old Acquaintance         Return Half, The         Return of the Soldier, The         Sea Fever         Solitaire         Somebody Knows         there's Always Juliet         Voice of the Turtle, The         Young Woodley



After All

Synopsis:
Mr and Mrs Thomas are disappointed when their son and daughter announce that they are leaving the family home

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1st Produced:
Booth Theatre, New York    03 Dec 1931

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1st Published:
Contained in: "Famous Plays of 1931" published by Gollancz 1931   -

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Genre:
comedy

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Male:  5            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Behold, We Live

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1st Produced:
-    1932

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Bell, Book and Candle

Synopsis:
A modern day witch falls in love with a mortal man. Witches who fall in love loose their magical powers

Notes:
filmed in 1958 starring James Stewart And Kim Novak

1st Produced:
Ethel Barrymore Theatre, NY    14 Nov 1950

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1st Published:
Samuel French, Inc   -

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Genre:
comedy

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Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
Wearing - the London Stage 54.231

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Chance Acquaintance

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1st Produced:
-    1927

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Damask Cheek, The

Synopsis:
Costumes, 1909. the literate and charming comedy of manners which delighted New York audiences for months. the play has to do with a middle-aged and repressed English spinster who is sent to America to live with her aunt in the hope of finding a husband. Rhoda is secretly in love with her second cousin who treats her as a confidant, with condescension and misappraisal of her virtues. He fancies himself in love with a slightly tarnished young actress. But Rhoda, homely and sedate as she is, has feminine resources far greater than has the younger and more superficially glamorous woman. there is a secondary love story - that of an adolescent girl for a Don Juan much older than herself - and this story is beautifully depicted. there are also a number of amusing domestic crises, some anti-macassar conventions, some decorous philandering on the sly, and a rousing and very funny brawl involving two of the ladies. the quick, witty and subtle dialogue is a delight in itself - polished and graceful.

Notes:
Written by John Van Druten And Lloyd Morris

1st Produced:
Playhouse Theatre, NY    22 Oct 1942

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1st Published:
Samuel French, Inc   -

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Genre:
comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Distaff Side, The

Synopsis:
Old Mrs. Venables has three daughters-none of whom get along. When two suitors appear to court her beloved grandaughter, the comic Drama of life with "the distaff side" comes to a touching and hilarious climax.

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1st Produced:
-    1933

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1st Published:
Samuel French, Inc   -

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Genre:
comedy

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Male:  5            Female:  8            Other:  -

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Diversion

Synopsis:
Setting: Sitting room in Sir Charles Hayward's house in Harley Street, London and Rayetta Muir's flat in Mayfair

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1st Produced:
49th Street Theatre, NY    11 Jan 1928

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  5            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Druid Circle, The

Druid Circle, The
A professor comes across a letter written by a young man in his class to one of the young women. He uses it to humiliate them

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1st Produced:
Morosco Theatre, NY    22 Oct 1947

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service 1948   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  5            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Flowers of the Forest

Synopsis:
Setting: the Jacklins' home in Bloomsbury, England, 1934 and Sussex, England, 1914-1916.

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1st Produced:
Martin Beck Theatre, NY    08 Apr 1935

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Genre:
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Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Gertie Maude

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1st Produced:
-    1937

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Hollywood Holiday

Synopsis:
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Notes:
Written by John van Druten And Benn W Levy

1st Produced:
-    1931

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1st Published:
Martin Secker, London 1931   -

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I Am a Camera

Synopsis:
Setting: A room of Fraulein Schneider's flat in Berlin. 1930, before the rise of the Hitler regime.

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1st Produced:
Empire Theatre, NY    28 Nov 1951

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1st Published:
Samuel French, Inc   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  -

Further Reference:
Wearing - the London Stage 54.67
Theatre Record Volume XXXI (2011) Issue 10 Page 504

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I Remember Mama

Synopsis:
Setting: In and around San Fransicso. Some years ago.

Notes:
Marlon Brando's Broadway debut. Adaptation of Kathryn Forbes' family memoir, Mama's Bank Account

1st Produced:
Music Box Theatre, NY    19 Oct 1944

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1st Published:
Samuel French, Inc   -

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Genre:
comedy

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Male:  9            Female:  13            Other:  -

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I've Got Sixpence

Synopsis:
Setting: New York over a period of six months.

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1st Produced:
Ethel Barrymore Theatre, NY    02 Dec 1952

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Leave Her To Heaven

Synopsis:
Setting: London and Westcliff-on-Sea.

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1st Produced:
Longacre Theatre, NY    27 Feb 1940

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Male:  13            Female:  5            Other:  -

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London Wall

Synopsis:
the admin staff in a lawyers office. New young assistant Pat is preyed upon by the office manager. Miss Janus who has been there for ten years and is unmarried at the age of 36 quits

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1st Produced:
-    1931

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1st Published:
Contained in: "Famous Plays of 1931" published by Gollancz 1931   -

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Male:  4            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Make Way for Lucia

Synopsis:
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Notes:
Based on the novel by E. F. Benson

1st Produced:
Cort Theatre, NY    22 Dec 1948

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Genre:
comedy

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Mermaids Singing, The

Synopsis:
A happily married playwright is on the road with try-outs for his new play. He has had a string of success with witty sophisicated plays centring around adultery. He meets a younger woman and is tempted

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1st Produced:
Empire Theatre, NY    28 Nov 1945

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1st Published:
Samuel French, Inc   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  9            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Most of the Game

Synopsis:
Setting: the sitting room of a private suite in a New York hotel.

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1st Produced:
Cort Theatre, NY    01 Oct 1935

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Genre:
comedy

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Old Acquaintance

Synopsis:
Katherine Markham is a brilliant American novelist whose works are admired by many but bought by few. Her oldest friend is Mildred Watson Drake whose particular novels have made her a rich woman. Katherine has quite a satisfactory attachment with Rudd, a man some ten years her junior, and she has just about decided to marry him. But Rudd, somewhat to his own surprise, falls desperately in love with Deirdre Drake, Mildred's daughter. It is then necessary for Katherine and Mildred to go through the business of discussing the situation in what is most certainly a scintillating fashion. It is rather to the astonishment of all concerned that the attachment of the younger people leads to a greater understanding between the women and serves to cement their friendship when it was thought it might have permanently disrupted it.

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1st Produced:
Morosco Theatre, NY    23 Dec 1940

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1st Published:
Samuel French, Inc   -

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Genre:
comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Return Half, The

Synopsis:
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1st Produced:
-    1924

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Return of the Soldier, The

Synopsis:
from Rebecca West's novel

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1st Produced:
-    1928

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Sea Fever

Synopsis:
with Auriol Lee, from the French

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1st Produced:
-    1931

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Solitaire

Synopsis:
Setting: the Stewarts' house and garden in Pasadena, California; the Arroyo.

Notes:
Based on the novel by Edwin Corle

1st Produced:
Plymouth Theatre, NY    27 Jan 1942

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Genre:
comedy in two acts

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Male:  10            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Somebody Knows

Synopsis:
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1st Produced:
-    1932

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1st Published:
Victor Gollancz 1932   -

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there's Always Juliet

Synopsis:
the play opens with Leonora Perrycoste, a very attractive young English lady, at the telephone trying to learn the identity of a handsome American she has just met at a tea party. In the midst of her naive inquiries, Dwight Houston, the young American in question, appears in her flat, having been impelled to visit her by an urge similar to her own. they are instantly off in a madcap adventure, loving each other but wondering. After two days they feel that they understand each other perfectly. Suddenly he is recalled to America, He proposes. She hesitates, and reluctantly they part. As soon as he has gone Leonore realizes that her discretion is the poorest part of her valor. Just as she has begun to feel that for her the world has ended, Dwight, at a last moment's reprieve, returns for three more days' grace. Leonora, not going to miss another chance, readily accepts him, and as the curtain falls Dwight salutes his mother-in-law over the long distance telephone. "Of all the comedies recently produced, theRE'S ALWAYS JULIET is incomparably the best. It amuses you royally." - H, Brooks Atkinson, New York Times.

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1st Produced:
-    1931

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1st Published:
Samuel French, Inc   -

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Genre:
comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Voice of the Turtle, The

Synopsis:
Sally an aspiring actress has moved to New York. She has been having a fling with a married Broadway producer who now dumps her because she is falling in love with him. Sally's friend Olive has arranged to meet a soldier Bill at Sally's apartment. But when she gets a better offer Olive goes off with the other man. Bill arrives and as he has no hotel or any friend in New York to stay with - Sally puts him up for the weekend

Notes:
Music Arranged by Alexander Haas

1st Produced:
Morosco Theatre, NY    08 Dec 1943

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1st Published:
Samuel French, Inc   -

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Genre:
comedy

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Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Young Woodley

Synopsis:
Young Woodley presents an insightful and sensitive character study of a young man who struggles through but survives his attraction to an older woman, the wife of his headmaster. From the author of Old Acquaintance and I Am A Camera.

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1st Produced:
Belasco Theatre, NY    02 Nov 1925

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1st Published:
Samuel French, Inc   -

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Genre:
comedy

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  2            Other:  -

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