Winner! 4 1961 Tony Awards, including Best Play
Winner! 1961 Critic's Circle Award, Best Play
Never have Anouilh's characteristic intelligence and irony been employed with more telling effect than in this drama of the tragic relationship between the King Henry of England and the introspective intellectual who had been his dearest friend, but who became his implacable enemy when intrigue raised him to the hierarchy of the church. Produced to great acclaim in London, New York and Paris.
"Anouilh's finest play since Antigone… Splendid." - The London Times
"Fine craftsmanship… One of the finest feats of the kind." - The Daily Telegraph
Becket was first presented on Broadway by David Merrick at the St. James Theatre in New York City on October 5, 1960. It was directed by Peter Glenville.