Martin Beck Theatre, (11/25/1975 - 2/15/1976)

First Preview: Nov 18, 1975
Opening Date: Nov 25, 1975
Closing Date: Feb 15, 1976
Total Previews: 7
Total Performances: 95

Category: Play, Farce, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: A refined English seaside resort, in the Wicksteed's home, and occasionally at the end of the West Pier.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Jujamcyn Theaters (Samuel H. Schwartz)

Produced by James M. Nederlander, Victor Lurie and Michael Codron

Written by Alan Bennett; Music arranged by Dorothea Freitag

Directed by Frank Dunlop; Musical Staging by Riggs O'Hara

Scenic Design by Carl Toms; Costume Design by Carl Toms; Lighting Design by Jennifer Tipton; Wig Consultant: Paul Huntley

General Manager: Nelle Nugent; Company Manager: James Turner

Production Stage Manager: Frank Bayer; Stage Manager: Louis Pulvino

Musician: Dorothea Freitag, Judith Martin and Roberta Hankin; Music Contractor: Seymour Press

General Press Representative: Michael Alpert and Marilynn LeVine; Press Representative: Joshua Ellis; Casting: Feuer & Ritzer; Advertising: The Blaine Thompson Company

Opening Night Cast

June HavocMrs. Swabb
a cleaning lady
Celeste HolmLady Rumpers
a pillar of the Empire
Jean MarshConstance Wicksteed
the doctor's sister
Rachel RobertsMrs. Wicksteed
the doctor's wife
Donald SindenArthur Wicksteed
a general practitioner
Kristoffer TaboriDennis
the Wicksteeds' son
Constance ForslundFelicity Rumpers
Lady Rumpers' daughter
Richard GereMr. Shanks
a sales representative
Leo LeydenPatient
Stephen D. NewmanMr. Purdue
a sick man
Ian TriggerSir Percy Shorter
a leading light in the medical profession
Paxton WhiteheadCanon Throbbing
a celibate

Standby: Leo Leyden (Sir Percy Shorter)

Understudies: Tom Everett (Dennis, Mr. Purdue, Mr. Shanks), Stephen D. Newman (Arthur Wicksteed, Canon Throbbing), Holly Villaire (Constance Wicksteed, Felicity Rumpers) and Joyce Worsley (Lady Rumpers, Mrs. Swabb, Mrs. Wicksteed)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1976 Best Actor in Play [nominee] 

Donald Sinden

Drama Desk Award

winner 1976 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play [winner] 

Rachel Roberts

 1976 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play [nominee] 

June Havoc

Replacement/Transfer Info

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

Martin Beck Theatre

(11/25/1975 - 2/15/1976)


Mark Baker
the Wicksteeds' son
Tom Everett
Mr. Purdue
a sick man
Stephen D. Newman
Canon Throbbing
a celibate
Kristoffer Tabori
Canon Throbbing
a celibate
Paxton Whitehead
Arthur Wicksteed
a general practitioner
Joyce Worsley

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