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On the Rocks

A Political Comedy

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    George Bernard (GB) Shaw 

  • Setting

    The Cabinet Room at No. 10 Downing Street, the early 1930s.

  • Synopsis

    A satirical attack on racism in high places.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    Full-Length

  • Cast Size Male

    12

  • Cast Size Female

    5

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

  • Date of First Production

    25 November 1933

  • Production Notes

    Produced by the Winter Garden Theatre.

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    First presented at the Winter Garden Theatre, London.

Original Cast  
Viscount Barking Emerton Court
Sir Jafna Pandranath Lewis Casson
Alderwoman Aloysia Brollikins Ellen Pollock
Admiral Sir Bemrose Hotspot, First Lord of the Adm Matthew Boulton
Sir Dexter Rightside, Foreign Secretary Charles Carson
Sir Arthur Chavender, Prime Minister Nicholas Hannen
Hilda Hanways, Secretary to the Prime Minister Phyllis Thomas
Sir Broadfoot Basham, Chief Commissioner of Police Walter Hudd
Flavia Chavender Marjorie Playfair
Lady Chavender Margaret Macdona
David Chavender Lewis Shaw
Tom Humphries, Mayor of the Isle of Cats Charles Sewell
Alderman Blee George E. Bancroft
Mr Hipney Edward Rigby
The Lady Fay Davis
Mr Glenmorison, President of the Board of Trade Norman MacOwan
The Duke of Domesday Lawrence Hanray

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION

The information for this entry was taken from The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Volume 6.