Composers and their stage works 


Who Goes Bare?

Farce. Richard Harris and Leslie Darbon
M6 (40, middle-age) F4 (young, 20s, 30s, middle-age). An entrance hall.

Running a Health and Strength Home in a large mansion can be a hazardous undertaking, as Eddie Manchip knows. He is beset by a sinister crook, a complete desertion of the staff except for one half-witted and hysterical maid, an erring, pompous brother, his suspicious wife, a nude tennis-player, a quick-change artist, the tennis-player's kilted husband and a hearty countrywoman grabbing second-hand clothing for charity. The result? Chaos!
ISBN 0 573 01546 5

Who Killed 'Agatha' Christie?

Play. Tudor Gates
M2 (45, older). (1M 1F, voices only). An apartment.

John Terry considers his career as an actor and writer has been blighted by venomous attacks from Arthur, a drama critic. In revenge he invents a highly ingenious and original plot in which Arthur is held responsible for the murder of John's wife and Arthur's boyfriend who have been having an affair. He wears Arthur down to a condition of abject terror, his plan being that Arthur, who has a weak heart, will be found dead. The plan is entirely successful and further revelations follow.
ISBN 0 573 04015 X

Who Killed Santa Claus?

Play. Terence Feely
M6 (young, 20s, 30s) F2 (30s). A Chelsea house.

Barbara Love is a popular television 'auntie'. It is Christmas, and a number of men connected with her are coming to a party. Her secretary, Connie, is also there. Before they arrive she is threatened by a disguised voice on her Ansaphone, and is sent a grotesque 'murdered' doll in a coffin, in a dress resembling one of her own. It becomes apparent that one of her guests is planning to kill her ...
ISBN 0 573 01510 4

Who Saw Him Die?

Play. Tudor Gates
M3 (30s, middle-age) F1 (20-30). Extras M. Composite setting: a surgery, a living-room, a cellar.

Former Police Superintendent Pratt is a man with an obsession - to track down the criminal John Rawlings who has eluded him so long. When summoned to Dr Adcock's surgery and presented, apparently, with Rawlings' body Pratt is totally defeated, his purpose in life gone. Things are not what they seem and as a result of a intricate and cunning criminal plot Pratt finds himself engaged in a ruthless duel of wits and bluff that leads to a grim and tense climax.
ISBN 0 573 01568 6

Who Says Murder?

Play. Philip King and John Boland
M3 (20s, 40s) F3 (20, young, 40). A lounge.

Doris and Frank return home to find their lounge in a state of chaos but nothing seems to have been stolen. During ensuing discussions it becomes apparent that the family has more than its fair share of skeletons in the cupboard. When the young, somewhat 'simple' son, Barry, reveals a girl's naked body this appalling discovery is taken advantage of by Trevor to blackmail his father-in-law. He agrees to dispose of the body, but then a young naked girl appears at the window ...
ISBN 0 573 01582 1


Comedy thriller. Anthony Shaffer
M7 F3. An eighteenth-century library.

This witty, wickedly funny satire, a long-running success on Broadway, is firmly in Agatha Christie country of the 1930s, complete with her stock characters and situations. A group of six strangers have gathered for dinner at Orcas Champflower Manor. One of the guests, an oily Levantine, informs each of his fellow guests that he has the means to blackmail them. Not surprisingly he gets murdered - but whodunit? In Act II the surprise is unveiled.
ISBN 0 573 61823 2

The Whole World Over

Comedy. Konstantin Simonov, translated and rewritten for the American stage by Thelma Schnee.
7 men, 3 women. Interior

A delightful comedy about the housing shortage presenting a plea to the post-war world to forget its hatreds.
ISBN: 0-8222-1248-X


Play. Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall
M3 (middle-age) F3 (young, middle-age). A living-room and patio.

James and Iris live comfortably in their greenbelt bungalow enjoying a placid existence in which a discussion on cornflakes can take on major significance. With them is their daughter, about to divorce her husband for his 'certain habits'. They await the arrival of their new neighbours, the Smedleys, with interest which turns to dismay when the Smedleys turn out to be brash aggressive intruders who start by taking over their phone and continue by trying to run their entire lives.
ISBN 0 573 11486 2

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Play. Edward Albee
M2 (30, 40) F2 (26, 52). A living-room.

George, an assistant professor of history, and his wife, Martha, invite Nick and Honey to their home on the campus of a small New England college. Throughout the long liquor-drenched night, the strangers are forcibly initiated into the demoniac misery of George and Martha's eternal matrimonial corrida. Martha exposes a secret, which George cannot forgive, and the guests slip away, leaving George and Martha, who love each other but hate themselves and therefore can only hurt each other.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Drama. Edward Albee.
2 men, 2 women. Interior.

George, a professor at a small college, and his wife Martha have just returned home, drunk from a Saturday night party. Martha announces, amidst general profanity, that she has invited a young couple-an opportunistic new professor at the college and his shatteringly naive new bride-to stop by for a nightcap. When they arrive the charade begins. The drinks flow and suddenly inhibitions melt. It becomes clear that Martha is determined to seduce the young professor, and George could care less. But underneath the edgy banter which is cross-fired between both couples lurks an undercurrent of tragedy and despair. George and Marthas inhuman bitterness toward one another is provoked by the enormous personal sadness which they have pledged to keep to themselves: a secret that has seemingly been the foundation for their relationship. In the end, the mystery in which the distressed George and Martha have taken refuge is exposed, once and for all revealing the degrading mess they have made of their lives.
ISBN: 0-8222-1249-8

Who's Happy Now?

Comedy. Oliver Hailey.
3 men, 2 women. Interior.

The setting is an East Texas small-town bar, and the action covers three periods in the main character's life, at 6, 16 and 20. He and his resilient, but resigned, mother frequent the bar so that the boy may at least get to know his father - who comes there every day with his girl friend, a waitress named Faye Precious. As the years pass a sort of whimsical accommodation is achieved between these very different people, and the boy grows up divided between avenging his mother for the father's disloyalty and getting back at him for his own hurts, while still trying to win the paternal love and approval he so desperately wants. The son's talent for song writing eventually gives him the means to get away-but when he asks his mother to join him she refuses. Once before she had tried to leave, but couldn't, and she has learned that it is better to shed her pride and keep even a share in the man she loves than to stand on this and have nothing.
ISBN: 0-8222-1250-1

Who's Under Where?

Farce. Marcia Kash and Doug Hughes
M5 (20s, 40s, 50s) F2 (30s). An hotel suite.

Jane and Sybil are on the verge of the deal of their lives. They plan to convince the world famous Italian designer Bruno Fruferelli to buy their 'Passion Fashion Wear' line of lingerie. They arrange to give him a private fashion show in a fancy hotel suite. The models are booked, the champagne is on ice, the sexy samples are on display - and then their jealous husbands arrive, inevitably jumping to the wrong conclusions!
ISBN 0 573 69389 7

Who's Who?

Comedy. Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall
M2 (middle-age) F2 (middle-age). Music trio: Ml F2 (optional). An hotel lounge.

Set in a Brighton hotel lounge - a place of faded elegance, centre of an inextricable maze of corridors -Act I follows the confusion that Black and White create in their efforts to cover up a clandestine weekend: a confusion which ends with no-one knowing anyone else's identity. In Act II White argues that the trouble would never have occurred if the positions had been reversed. The situation is re-enacted on these lines with even more calamitous results.
ISBN 0 573 01562 7

Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Play. Brian Clark
M9 F5. Multiple set.

Ken Harrison has been so severely injured in a car crash that he is totally paralysed; only his brain functions normally. He is being kept alive by the miracles of medicine, but wishes to die. This he could achieve by discharging himself from hospital but being wholly helpless has to gain the authorities' consent. The play examines the moral and legal aspects of the situation and the reactions of the hospital staff.
ISBN 0 573 01587 2

Why Me?

Comedy. Stanley Price
M3 (19, 30, middle-age) F3 (30, 40, 60). A living-room, a dining area.

A very funny comedy of unemployment which starred Richard Briers as redundant civil engineer John, a bitter recipient of a 'tarnished chrome' handshake. During the ensuing summer he struggles bravely with job rejections; loss of dignity in the face of his wife's hugely successful pizza business; an adulterous affair; the incipient break-up of his marriage and repeated forays into his house by his mother-in-law who refuses to stay in her granny flat!
ISBN 0 573 01622 4

Why Not Stay for Breakfast?

Comedy. Gene Stone and Ray Cooney M3 (young, 30s) F2 (17, young). A flat.

George, respected member of the Establishment, once married, now alone, lives in Hampstead. The apartment above his is inhabited by hippies and one night the very pregnant Louise arrives on his doorstep having rowed with Davey in their pad upstairs. The clash between the hippies and the square type is at full strength when Louise starts labour pains! George takes charge and both the baby and Louise remain in the flat for the time being. Period 1970
ISBN 0 573 01580 5