Helen Hayes Theatre, (1/08/1969 - 11/15/1969)

Opening Date: Jan 08, 1969
Closing Date: Nov 15, 1969
Total Previews: 10
Total Performances: 359

Category: Play, Original, Broadway
Setting: London and Rome. The early 20th Century.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Lester Osterman and Richard Horner

Produced by Lester Osterman Productions (Lester Osterman, Richard Horner, Lawrence Kasha), Bill Freedman and Charles Kasher

Written by Peter Luke; Based on "Hadrian the Seventh" and other works by Fr. Rolfe

Directed by Peter Dews

Scenic Design by Robert Fletcher; Costume Design by Robert Fletcher; Lighting Design by Lloyd Burlingame

General Manager: Richard Horner; Company Manager: Leonard Soloway

Production Stage Manager: Ben Janney; Stage Manager: Wayne Carson; Assistant Stage Mgr: Joe Hanrahan

General Press Representative: Harvey B. Sabinson and Lee Solters; Press Representative: David Powers; Vocal Coach: Robert Shattuck; Advertising: Ingram Ash and Blaine-Thompson

Opening Night Cast

Alec McCowenFr. William Rolfe
(Jan 08, 1969 - Jun 29, 1969)
Willam A. BushCardinal
B.J. DeSimoneEnsemble
William EngelPapal Guard
Gillie FenwickBailiff
Dr. Courtleigh
Cardinal-Archbishop of Pimlico
Neil FitzgeraldRector of St. Andrew's College
Truman GaigeCardinal Berstein
Tom GormanCardinal
John HallowPapal Chamberlain
Christopher HewettFather St. Albans
Prepositor-General of the Jesuits
Robert HewittCardinal
Carl JessopEnsemble
Peter JobinGeorge Arthur Rose
John KramerEnsemble
Arthur MarloweCardinal
Joseph NealEnsemble
William NeedlesDr. Talacryn
Bishop of Caerleon
Richard NichollsThe Cardinal-Archdeacon
Gerard ParkesJeremiah Sant, F.R.S.
Marie PaxtonAgnes
Alan RachinsEnsemble
Robert ShattuckEnsemble
Michael SteinPapal Guard
Sydney SturgessMrs. Crowe
Theodore TenleyCardinal
Louis ZorichCardinal Ragna

Standby: Roderick Cook (Fr. William Rolfe) and Sylvia O'Brien (Agnes, Mrs. Crowe)

Understudies: Willam A. Bush (Cardinal Berstein), Tom Gorman (Dr. Courtleigh), John Hallow (Dr. Talacryn, Father St. Albans), Robert Hewitt (Jeremiah Sant, F.R.S.), Carl Jessop (George Arthur Rose), Arthur Marlowe (Rector of St. Andrew's College), Michael Stein (Cardinal Ragna) and Theodore Tenley (The Cardinal-Archdeacon)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1969 Best Play [nominee] 

Written by Peter Luke; Produced by Lester Osterman Productions (Lester Osterman, Richard Horner, Lawrence Kasha), Bill Freedman and Charles Kasher

 1969 Best Actor in Play [nominee] 

Alec McCowen

 1969 Best Featured Actor in a Play [nominee] 

Louis Zorich

 1969 Best Costume Design [nominee] 

Robert Fletcher

winner 1969 Best Direction of a Play [winner] 

Peter Dews

Drama Desk Award

winner 1969 Outstanding Performance [winner] 

Alec McCowen

Replacement/Transfer Info

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

Helen Hayes Theatre

(1/8/1969 - 11/15/1969)
Stage Manager: Charles Gray; Assistant Stage Mgr: John Holzman.


Roderick Cook
Fr. William Rolfe (Jun 30, 1969 - Jul 13, 1969)
Dan Drake
John Hallow
Dr. Talacryn
Bishop of Caerleon
Colin Hamilton
Father St. Albans
Prepositor-General of the Jesuits
Dan Hogan
Papal Chamberlain
Alec McCowen
Fr. William Rolfe (Jul 14, 1969 - Sep 7, 1969)
James McDonald
Barry Morse
Fr. William Rolfe (Sep 8, 1969 - Nov 15, 1969)
Dean Santoro

Understudies: Dan Hogan (Dr. Talacryn, Father St. Albans), John Holzman (Ensemble), Dean Santoro (George Arthur Rose).

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