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A SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.
Full-Length Play, Comedy
A comedy in four parts about an unremarkable man and the
remarkable women who loved him, left him, or lost him over sixty
years; and of the equally remarkable old manor house that saw and
heard it all happen.
A Brief History of Women is written for a cast of six (3 women, 3 men). The suggested (and preferred!) distribution of the 21 roles is as follows:
ANTHONY SPATES – aged 17-77
LORD EDWARD KIRKBRIDGE – aged 65DR WYNFORD WILLIAMS – aged 50DENNIS DUNBAR – aged 50GORDON – aged 50
CAPTAIN FERGUS FFLUKE – aged 27DESMOND KENNEDY – aged 30RORY TUDOR – aged 27JIM SEABOURNE-WATSON – aged 30
LADY CAROLINE KIRKBRIDGE – aged 38MISS EVA MILLER – aged 40PAT WRIGGLY – aged 40CAROLINE SEABOURNE – aged 97
LADY CYNTHIA – aged 20MISS URSULA BROCK – aged 25JENNY TYLER – aged 22TILLY SEABOURNE-WATSON – aged 27
MRS REGINALD FFLUKE – aged 50MISS PHOEBE LONG – aged 45GILLIAN DUNBAR – aged 45RUBY JENSEN – aged 40
“So painfully, awkwardly sad that it is downright hilarious.” – The New York Times
“After more than half a century in the theater, Mr. Ayckbourn clearly still has the power to startle us into the most appropriately inappropriate reactions... Mr. Ayckbourn’s enduring and infectious affection for theater permeates every scene.” – The New York Times
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