Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  5w, 17m

"So all the time, while you were pretending to work, you've been having the most astonishing adventures in that corner?"

A forgotten masterpiece from one of Britain's greatest dramatists, J.B. Priestley.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5w, 17m



As bankrupcy looms, the ever-optimistic Jim Cornelius, partner at import firm briggs and Murrison, is fighting to keep his creditors happy and his spirits up. Tensions rise with the arrival of Judy, the beautiful, young typist who shows Cornelius the life he could have led...

Written for Ralph Richardson in 1935, Priestley observes the politics and tensions of daily office life with searing wit and humanity in this hilarious and heartbreaking story of friendship, unrequited love and business.

First produced at the Duchess Theatre, London, WC2, on March 20th 1935
  • Setting General office of Briggs and Murrison, Bridcage Street, Holborn

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J.B. Priestley

John Boynton Priestley (1894 - 1984) was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, son of a schoolmaster. He left Belle Vue School at 16 and worked in a wool office, beginning to write in his spare time. He volunteered for the army in 1914 and served throughout the First World War, surviv ...
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