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The Unguarded Hour


  • Playwright

    Bernard Merivale 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Otto Bastian

  • Author Notes

    Based on 'Kopf in der Schlinge' (1930)
  • Setting

    Inside the Court of the Old Bailey. Sir Francis Deardon's House.

  • Notes

    A film was made of this play two years before in 1936.

  • Synopsis

    Courtroom Drama. Sir Francis Deardon is a top prosecutor who has just secured a murder conviction at the Old Bailey. His wife is aware that the man being sent down is innocent, but she is unable to bring this to the attention of the court, as it will implicate her husband in connection with another crime.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Sir Thomas Grainger Christopher Casson
George Lea Hollinshead
Lord Henningway Tyrell Pine
Lilian Isolde Hughes
Metcalfe Roy Irving
Pewson Cecil Monson
Colonel William Mason Lionel Dymoke
Lady Henningway May Carey
Diana Lewis Meriel Moore
Clerk of the Court James Devoy
Inspector Wallace Leo McCabe
Defending Counsel Gerard Healy
Sergeant Atkins Liam Gaffney
Judge Liam Gaffney
Lady Dearden Coralie Carmichael
Sir Francis Dearden Hilton Edwards
Court Usher Brian Coote
Production Team  
Director Hilton Edwards
Settings by Micheál Mac Liammóir
Musician Margaret McNamee
Musician Gretta Smith
Musician Bay Jellett
Stage Manager Cecil Monson
Assistant Stage Manager Gerard Healy
Assistant Stage Manager Máirín Hayes
Assistant Stage Manager Brian Coote
Set Painter Molly McEwen
Wardrobe Mistress Christina Keely

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