If You're Glad I'll Be Frank

by  Tom Stoppard

Short Play, Comedy  /  7m, 5f

Frank recognizes the voice of the GPO speaking clock as that of his long-lost wife. Determined to get her back, he forces his way into the inner sanctum of the Authorities to demand her release.

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If You're Glad I'll Be Frank

by  Tom Stoppard

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Frank recognizes the voice of the GPO speaking clock as that of his long-lost wife. Determined to get her back, he forces his way into the inner sanctum of the Authorities to demand her release. Underlying the light-hearted story is a satiric comment on man's servitude to the clock.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: London. The General Post Office (GPO) and other locations.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

7m, 5f
FRANK - a bus driver
GLADYS - voice of the dial-in speaking clock
1ST PORTER - male
MYRTLE TRELAWNEY - employee of the GPO
MR. MORTIMER - employee of the GPO
MR. COURTENAY-SMITH - employee of the GPO
SIR JOHN - employee of the GPO
LORD COOT - first lord of the post office
BERYL BLIGH - a new secretary
OPERATOR - female
IVY - a bus conductress
2ND PORTER
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting

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Authors

Tom Stoppard

Tom Stoppard’s most recent play, The Hard Problem, opened at the National Theatre in 2015. He wrote his first play, Enter a Free Man, whilst working as a journalist in Bristol. His plays include Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead, The Real Inspector Hound, After Magritte, Jumpers, Travesties, Every Good Boy Deserves ...

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If You're Glad I'll Be Frankwas first presented by John Tydeman on BBC Third Programme on Feburary 8, 1966. The play was first performed onstage by the Young Vic Company in London.

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