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The Doctor's Dilemma


  • Playwright

    George Bernard (GB) Shaw 

  • Setting

    15th June 1903
    Act 1 Sir Colenso Ridgeon's Consulting-Room in Queen Anne Street, Portland Place, London.
    Act 2 On the Terrace at 'The Star and Garter'.
    Act 3 Louis Dubedat's Studio
    Act 4 The Same
    Act 5 A Bond Street Picture Gallery

  • Synopsis

    A medical satire concerning a group of doctors torn between acting professionally and feathering their own nests with unnecessary procedures. Sir Ridgeon has the most difficult quandary in deciding which of two lung patients to cure, one a nice, old doctor, the other a slimy young artist whose wife Sir Ridgeon desires for himself.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Emmy Claire Greet
A Waiter Percy Marmont
Minnie Tinwell Mary Hamilton
Cutler Walpole James Hearn
Sir Patrick Campbell William Farren
Leo Schutzmacher Michael Sherbrooke
Redpenny Norman Page
Jennifer Dubedat Lillah McCarthy
Sir Ralph Bloomfield Bonington Eric Lewis
Sir Colenso Ridgeon Ben Webster
Dr. Blenkinsop Edmund Gurney
Louis Dubedat Harley Granville-Barker
Mr. Danby Lewis Casson
The Newspaper Man Trevor Lowe

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Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the Bodley Head published play script.