Arsenic and Old Lace

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Arsenic and Old Lace - Melbourne Theatre Company 1978

by Joseph Kesselring

Arsenic and Old Lace is a play by American playwright Joseph Kesselring, written in 1939. It has become best known through the subsequent film adaptation starring Cary Grant and directed by Frank Capra.

The play was directed by Bretaigne Windust, and opened on Broadway at the Fulton Theatre on January 10, 1941. On September 25, 1943, the play moved to the Hudson Theatre. It closed there on June 17, 1944, having played 1,444 performances.

Of the twelve plays written by Kesselring, Arsenic and Old Lace was the most successful, and, according to the opening night review in The New York Times, the play was "so funny that none of us will ever forget it."

The play is a farcical black comedy revolving around the Brewster family, descended from the Mayflower settlers but now composed of maniacs, most of them homicidal. The hero, Mortimer Brewster, is a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, murderous family and local police in Brooklyn, New York, as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves, Elaine Harper, who lives next door and is the daughter of the local minister.

Arsenic and Old Lace MTC Cast - Roy Baldwin, Don Bridges, Sydney Conabere, Lloyd Cunnington, Lynette Curran, David Downer, Anthony Hawkins, Edward Hepple, Irene Inescort, Malcolm Keith, Patricia Kennedy, Gerard Maguire, John Stanton, Ian Suddards

Director - Simon Chilvers
Designer - Maree Menzel

Playwright - Joseph Kesselring

Souvenir Program Date 1978

Size 115 x 215 mm With 2 Newspaper Reviews Clippings

Condition: Used 8/10

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