St. James Theatre, (10/05/1960 - 12/17/1960)
Royale Theatre, (12/19/1960 - 3/25/1961)

First Preview: Oct 03, 1960
Opening Date: Oct 05, 1960
Closing Date: Mar 25, 1961
Total Previews: 2
Total Performances: 193

Category: Play, Original, Broadway
Setting: The time is between 1155 and 1170 A.D. England and France.

Opening Night Production Staff

Produced by David Merrick

Written by Jean Anouilh; Translated by Lucienne Hill; Incidental music by Laurence Rosenthal

Directed by Peter Glenville

Scenic Design by Oliver Smith; Costume Design by Motley; Lighting Design by Jean Rosenthal

General Manager: Jack Schlissel

Production Stage Manager: Lucia Victor; Stage Manager: Alan Shayne; Production Supervisor: Neil Hartley; Assistant Stage Mgr: Tom Leith, Julian Miller and Val Wrenne

Press Representative: James D. Proctor; Advertising: The Blaine Thompson Company and Fred Golden; Technician: Teddy Van Bemmel; Casting Director: Michael Shurtleff; Press Assistant: Judith S. Davidson

Opening Night Cast

Laurence OlivierThomas Becket
Anthony QuinnHenry II
Duke of Normandy and King of England
Marie PowersThe Queen Mother
Edward AtienzaThe Pope
Hilary BeckettHis Daughter
Mel BergerThird English Baron
First Monk from Hastings
Brian CroweA Young Monk
Kit CulkinHenry's Younger Son
Peter De FirisA Servant
Robert DukeHenry's Page
Robert EcklesLouis
King of France
Margaret HallThe Queen
Wife to Henry
Ferdi HoffmanFourth English Baron
Will HussungThe Bishop of Oxford
William of Corbeil
First French Baron
Tom LeithHis Son
A Monk
Secretary to Becket
Julian MillerSecond Servant
A Young Footsoldier
Earl MontgomeryGilbert Folliot
Bishop of London
Madeline MorganA French Girl
Dennis RosaHenry's Elder Son
Dran SeitzGwendolen
(Oct 03, 1960 - Feb 06, 1961)
Dino TerranovaA French Priest
Cardinal Zambelli
Victor ThorleyThe Bishop of York
The Provost Marshall
Sydney WalkerThe Archbishop of Canterbury
Second French Baron
A Priest
Robert WeilA Saxon Peasant
Ronald WeyandSecond English Baron
Second Monk from Hastings
Claude WoolmanA Soldier
The Duke of Arundel
Louis ZorichFirst English Baron
An Old Footsoldier

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 1961 Best Play [winner] 

Written by Jean Anouilh; Translated by Lucienne Hill; Produced by David Merrick

 1961 Best Actor in Play [nominee] 

Anthony Quinn

winner 1961 Best Scenic Design (Dramatic) [winner] 

Oliver Smith

winner 1961 Best Costume Design (Dramatic) [winner] 


winner 1961 Best Stage Technician [winner] 

Technical Crew: Teddy Van Bemmel

Replacement/Transfer Info

The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.

St. James Theatre

(10/5/1960 - 12/17/1960)

Royale Theatre

(12/19/1960 - 3/25/1961)


Joanna Merlin
Gwendolen (Feb 7, 1961 - ?)

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