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On the Rocks

A Political Comedy


  • 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

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

Published Scripts

  • Title

    The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Volume 6

  • Year


  • Published By

    The Bodley Head

  • Address


  • ISBN


  • Title

    Plays Political: The Apple Cart; On the Rocks; Geneva

  • Year


  • Published By


  • Address

    80 Strand Street
    London WC2R 0RL

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Source Of Information

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