Composers and their stage works 



Play. Eric Chappell
M3 (40s, 50s) F2 (40s). A drawing-room.

Imagine returning from a pleasant anniversary celebration to find that your house has been burgled, the burglar is still in the house and has you convinced, for a while, that he is a policeman and then, once his true identity is known, he reveals that he knows all kinds of uncomfortable truths about you. Well, that burglar is none other than Spriggs, who succeeds, in Theft, Eric Chappell's witty comedy-thriller, in disrupting two seemingly happy marriages and one formerly strong friendship.
ISBN 0 573 01943 6

There Goes the Bride

Ray Cooney and John Chapman
Farce 4M 4F Interior set

When harassed advertising executive Timothy Westerby hits his head on the morning of his daughter's society wedding, he awakes to find himself in the company of Polly Perkins, a 1920's Flapper girl straight out of his current advertising campaign. It soon becomes all too clear that no-one else can see or hear her, and when another bump on the head transports Timothy back to 1926 and the Savoy hotel, the carefully planned wedding preparations disintegrate into chaos as friends and family attempt to lead Timothy back to reality and his daughter down the aisle before the newly arrived 'In-Laws' abandon the wedding.
ISBN: 0 85676 202 4

There's a Girl in My Soup

Comedy. Terence Frisby
M4 (young, 40s, old) F3 (young). A lounge, kitchen, bedroom in one set.

Robert is the newspaper food-and-wine connoisseur who dabbles in female delectations. As the play opens Robert says goodbye to one girl when he's picked up by another who's a match for any roué. The romance bubbles along despite the contrast between sophisticated gourmet and modern girl. Youth wins and Robert finds himself permanently in love while Marion's heart belongs to a pop musician who finally catches up with her and drags her home.
ISBN 0 573 01440 X

Thérèse Raquin

Leslie Sands, adapted from the novel by Emile Zola
Thriller 4M 2F Interior set

A skilful adaptation of the 19th Century novel with a special twist to Zola's original ending. This well-paced and gripping tale of retribution provides a penetrating study of sexual obsession and guilt. The play tells the story of the secret affair between Thérèse Raquin and her husband's best friend, Laurent, and reveals the strength of the passion which incites them to murder. The murder, however, leads to neither happiness nor liberation, but to the destruction of their relationship and their eventual downfall.
ISBN: 0 85676 026 9

They Call It Murder

Play. Bettine Manktelow
M3 (20s, 35, 88) F4 (18, 25, 32, middle-age). A livingroom.

Despite his lowly origins Mr Dalrymple has done well, and now that he is elderly and ailing speculation inevitably arises as to the disposal of his money among his three granddaughters. One, Peggy, neurotic and inhibited, is driven to take drastic steps to secure the money but becomes involved fatally with the old man's self-seeking male nurse. Peggy's misdeeds rebound on her with a vengeance, and the end is tragic, eerie and savagely ironic.
ISBN 0 573 11449 8

They Came from Mars and Landed Outside the Farndale Church Hall in Time for the Townswomen's Guild's Coffee Morning.

Comedy. David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jnr
M l F4. 2 female voices. A vicarage, Mars.

The Farndale Avenue ladies and their long-suffering stage manager Gordon attempt lift-off with their dramatic society's unique production of this sci-fi thriller that will have the hysterical audience on the edge of their seats.
ISBN 0 573 01665 8

They Came to a City

Play. J. B. Priestley
M4 F5. One exterior.

Just before dawn the play's characters - who represent every stratum of society - come to the wall overlooking a strange city whose gate is shut against them. At daybreak they are admitted and towards the end of the day some have found it to be the ideal earth has never achieved. So that everyone may know of this attainable perfection two of them make the sacrifice of leaving the city to return to their sinful world.
ISBN 0 573 01442 6

They're Playing Our Song

Book by Neil Simon. Music by Marvin Hamlisch. Lyrics by Carol Bayer Sager
M1 F1, chorus. Various interior and exterior settings.

America's premier funny man and the Tony-award winning composer have produced this funny, romantic, hit show about an established composer and his relationship with a zany aspiring young female lyricist that is full of laughs and delightful music. First presented in Britain at the Shaftesbury Theatre, it had a long, very successful run. Although a musical, it may be presented equally successfully by small dramatic societies as well as musical societies.

The Thickness of Skin

Play. Clare McIntyre
M3 (17, 30s, 40s) F4 (30s, 40s). Various simple settings.

Roanna sees no reason to get involved with other people's problems. She's furious when her son, Jonathan, tries to help their neighbour. Laura, on the other hand, is determined to help unemployed Eddie. But Eddie smells a rat and thinks Laura should confront the truth. Just who is helping whom? And does 'helping' involve doing what you want to do - or what the other person really needs?

Thieves' Carnival

Play. Jean Anouilh, translated by Lucienne Hill
M9 F5. Two interiors, one exterior. For details of the music apply to Samuel French Ltd

Two beautiful heiresses provide bait for thieves and adventurers, but things become serious when one girl falls in love with a young thief. Being a man of honour he rejects her love, and keeps his mind firmly on burglary. She, however, outwits him and the play ends happily as love conquers all. This light-hearted play combines ironic dialogue, wise humour, entertaining music and mime.
ISBN 0 573 61652 3

Things We Do For Love

Play. Alan Ayckbourn
M2 (40s) F2 (late 30s, 40s). 3 flats.

Barbara contentedly occupies the pristine, ordered, male-free ground-floor flat of her Victorian terraced house. Below, lives Gilbert - postman, handyman, bore - who secretly paints a lurid, nude study of Barbara. The top flat Barbara lets to school friend Nikki and her fiancé Hamish, despite the fact that Barbara and Hamish have taken an instant dislike to one another. But, ever life's victim, Nikki is destined to suffer when Hamish and Barbara embark on a night of violent, uninhibited passion.
ISBN 0 573 01914 2

Third Best Sport

Comedy. Eleanor Bayer and Leo Bayer.
7 men, 4 women. Interior

The story is about a new bride on a honeymoon in a up-market Florida hotel suite. Little did she know that her husband was combining business with wedlock by taking her to a company convention. Instead of swimming in the surf, lazing in the sun and wooing in the chamber, she finds herself caught up in a mess of big deals and little jealousies. Well, if you know Miss Holm you can guess it's a fair bet for her to upset the routine of the convention. She says the wrong things to the right people, turns the big meeting into a disaster and strikes a great blow for the freedom of the corporation female. She invites a free-thinking philosopher, who is known as a corporation killer, to speak to the convention. The delegates are under the mistaken impression that he is an economist who writes for the The Wall Street Journal. The bride insults the stuffy wife of the company's most important customer and generally manages to create havoc and hilarity wherever she goes. By the end of the play the bride has, of course, managed to get the contract for her husband and has established her own independence. All of this is done with great warmth and humour.
ISBN: 0-8222-1134-3

Third Child

Charlotte Anker and Irene Rosenberg : Drama
1M 4F Flexible staging

Joan Simmons, the wife of an American diplomat posted to a Latin American capital, becomes increasingly attached to Gatita, an orphan girl whom she discovers scavaging in the Simmons' rubbish bins. Taking pity on the girl, Joan welcomes her into the household as one of the family in spite of her husband's protestations. When political tensions arise, the family is returned to Washington accompanied by Gatita. In the American capital her streetwise behaviour begins to influence the Simmons' daughters, leading to increasing strain as Gatita's actions become more and more outrageous. The crisis point is finally reached in the play's powerful climax and we gradually become aware of the haunting parallels between the Simmons' "Third Child" and the events within the Third World country from which she originates.

This Happy Breed

Play. Noel Coward
M5 (18-21, 30s) F7 (18-20, 30s, 60). A dining-room.

Demobbed in 1919, Frank settles in Clapham with his wife Ethel, their three children, Reg, Queenie and Vi, Ethel's mother, and Frank's sister. The respectable working-class home with its commonness, its sterling qualities and its humour is vividly depicted as the family encompass marriage, separation and sorrow in the seventeen year span between the end of the World War I and the looming Second World War. Period 1919-1937
ISBN 0 573 01443 4

This Lime Tree Bower

(edition includes The Good Thief & Rum & Vodka) - Conor McPherson
3m. Interlinked monologues. Minimal set.

Three young men from a small seaside town near Dublin tell us in overlapping monologues of their inextricably linked lives and the eventful week which was to change things for good ... First staged at the Bush Theatre, 1996. 'A touching, marvellously entertaining play which tells a gripping tale with assured panache ... This is a piece of real richness' Daily Telegraph.
ISBN 1 85459 299 8

Thor, With Angels

Poetic Drama. Christopher Fry.
8 men, 3 women. Exterior.

A group of semi-barbaric Jutes have just returned to their farmstead with a prisoner captured in a raid on Britain. Preparations are made to kill him, but Hoel interests and puzzles his captors with his strange talk about a God unknown to them. The more he talks the more they listen. When the time comes to kill the Briton there is disagreement among the Jutes. One of the captors insists on giving consideration to what this strange Christian has to say about his religion. Though Hoel is at last dispatched in traditional fashion, the seeds of doubt have been sown, and at the end, when the voices of St. Augustine's men are heard singing in the distance, we feel that the final work of conversion to Christianity is about to take effect.