The Breadwinner - Marian Street Theatre Killara Australia 1980
by W Somerset Maugham
The Bread-Winner (1930) is William Somerset Maugham's third-last play. It is a comedy in one continuous act, lasting about 2 hours, but with the curtain lowered twice to rest the audience.
Charles Battle has been 'hammered' in the London Stock Exchange, to the point where he may be bankrupted. Maugham keeps his audience ignorant of the disaster facing Charles for much of the play, at which point we learn what the effect would be on his wife and teenage son and daughter. Charles' good friend Alfred Granger and his wife and son and daughter, all of whom are a similar age to their Battle counterparts, fill the scenes in the Battles’ house at Golders Green in London.
The play was in written in 1930 and first produced by Athole Stewart at the Vaudeville Theatre London on 30 September that year. Ronald Squire and Peggy Ashcroft played Charles and Judy Battle. The title format for the Vaudeville playbill, as reproduced in Who's Who in the Theatre, (Seventh edition, 1933) is The Breadwinner.
The Breadwinner 1980 Cast - Alastair Duncan, Lynn Rainbow, Philippa Baker, Reg Gillam, Terry Peck, Penny Cook, Louise Le Nay, Michael Gow
Director - Robert Cubbage
Designer - Michael O'Kane
Lighting - Tony Youlden
Souvenir Program Date 1980
Size 150 x 240 mm
Condition: Used 8/10
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