Full Length Play
Time Period - 1940s / WWII, 1920s
Settings Of Play - In a New York theatre in the spring of 1942.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre
Christopher Plummer won a Tony for his portrayal of John Barrymore in the acclaimed Broadway production of this work by the master of one-character biographies for the stage. Each act begins with a stunning entrance onto a stage that the sixty-year-old legendary actor has rented to prepare for a comeback performance of Richard III. Barrymore jokes with the audience, spars with an offstage prompter, reminisces about better times, and does delicious imitations of his siblings Lionel and Ethel.
"A dazzler! A portrait of riveting complexity and paradox that finds the balletic elegance in a drunken stagger, the poetry in a blue joke and the churning guts in rarefied verse. As [Barrymore] walks toward his own death it's with the jaunty panache of a boulevardier off to meet his new mistress." - The New York Times
"As good as one-man shows get." - The New Yorker
"A staggering success [...] Must be seen, must be savored." - New York Post
"A perfect image of Barrymore." - New York Daily News
Barrymore was first produced at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario Canada in 1996 directed by Gene Saks.