The Chinese Prime Minister

by  Enid Bagnold

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5m, 3f

"A delicious fantasy on the nature and promise of old age, which should amuse any age." - The New York Times
"Shimmers on the stage." - New York Herald Tribune
"A lovely play...A comedy that is adult, spirited, tender and…

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The Chinese Prime Minister

by  Enid Bagnold

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    5m, 3f

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She is a famous actress, who, as she approaches 70, decides to abandon her career. She wants to be like a Chinese elder statesman of an ancient tradition, venerated for his age and honored for the wisdom that comes in this time of meditation. Having commanded the limelight for four decades and more, she expects to assume the dignity of a Chinese prime minister on her own terms.
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Reviews

"A delicious fantasy on the nature and promise of old age, which should amuse any age." - The New York Times

"Shimmers on the stage." - New York Herald Tribune

"A lovely play...A comedy that is adult, spirited, tender and humorously wise." - New York World Telegram & Sun

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  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

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  • Setting: The drawing room of an old, once-fashionable house in London; probably the first floor up.

Casting

5m, 3f

BENT
OLIVER
SHE
ROXANE
ALICE
TARVER
RED GUS RISKO
SIR GREGORY

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Enid Bagnold

Enid Bagnold, married name Lady Jones (born October 27, 1889, Rochester, Kent, England—died March 31, 1981, London), was an English novelist and playwright, best known for her broad range of subject and style. Bagnold, the daughter of an army officer, spent her early childhood in Jamaica and atten ...

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Royale Theatre, New York City in 1964. Directed by Joseph Anthony.

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