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Githa Sowerby

Githa Sowerby

Katherine Githa Sowerby was born in 1876 in Gateshead, England. Her first play, Rutherford & Sons, was an outstanding success when originally performed in 1912. Published under her initials G.K. Sowerby, it was assumed that the author was a man. When her true identity was revealed she became an overnight sensation. It ran for one hundred and thirty-three performances in London and sixty-three performances in New York and was translated into numerous languages. Other plays followed: Before Breakfast, 1912; A Man and Some Women, 1914; Sheila, in 1917; The Stepmother, 1924; and finally, The Policeman’s Whistle, 1934. She was well-known in the early twentieth century as a feminist and voice of the people, but by the time of her death in 1970, she and her works had lapsed into obscurity. Rutherford & Son was revived in 1980 and there have been numerous productions since. Samuel French are publishing The Stepmother to coincide with the 2017 production at the Chichester Theatre.


Samuel French Titles by Githa Sowerby