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The Late Mrs Early

Full-Length Play, Comedy  /  4f, 4m

The Late Mrs Early
by Norman Robbins

Terry Early's announcement that he and Susan intend to marry rouses the fury of his overbearing mother Alice. Alice's sudden demise, following her handling of a faulty electric kettle, promises a peaceful solution. But Alice as a vengeful ghost is even more formidable than as a living wife and mother.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4f, 4m
  • Duration
    Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Farce, Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
Licence details
  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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Summary

Terry Early's announcement that he and Susan Rickworth intend to marry rouses the fury of the formidable Alice, Terry's mother, on account of a previous relationship between her and Reuben Rickworth, Susan's father. Sam Early is caught in the middle of this and his peace of mind – as that of his crony, Joe – is shattered. Alice's sudden demise, following her handling of a faulty electric kettle lent her by the inquisitive neighbour, Mabel, promises a peaceful solution.  But Alice as a vengeful ghost is even more formidable than as a living wife and mother.  Much drama ensues in which both families – and Mabel – are involved before Alice's ashes can be persuaded to lie quiet in her urn, until Sam is ready to join her.

History

First produced in 1976

As of 2016 over 300 productions worldwide

Dutch and Russian translations

Cast Attributes
  • Not Applicable
Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget

TERRY - young (17 - 20)

SUSAN - young (17 - 20)

MABEL - (50 - 70)

SAM - (40 - 50)

ALICE - (40 - 50)

JOE - (50 - 70)

REUBEN - (40 - 60)

LUCY - (40 -60)

  • Time Period 1980s
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Additional Features Not Applicable
  • Duration 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • No Special Cautions

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Norman Robbins

Norman Robbins, one of Amateur Theatre's most popular authors, wrote his first stage show almost 60 years ago whilst working for the Yorkshire Evening Post. An avid theatregoer from the age of three (his grandparents ran the pub near the local theatre so free tickets were al ...

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