by John Van Druten
Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 4m, 5f
London Wall is a wryly comic look at the life of women office workers in the 1930s.
In a solicitor's office in the City, Brewer, the office manager, sees pretty new 19-year-old typist Pat as fair game. As some of the more experienced secretaries try to warn her, and others leave her to her fate, her steady boyfriend - an idealistic young writer- desperately tries to win her back.
Meanwhile cynical Miss Janus' romantic life seems to be over as she is jilted by her lover at the desperate age of 35....
Reviews"A provocative, socially conscious bit of fun that never made it to Broadway. Watching Davis McCallum's brisk, pitch-perfect production feels like stumbling across a lost film classic by Howard Hawks: How did this fresh and fizzy thing fall into obscurity?" - The New York Times
"The Mint [theatre] has just mounted the U.S. premiere of his London Wall, a 1931 comedy set in a London law office. This witty, glisteningly crafted tale of a quartet of working women and the benighted men for whom they work has a distinctly contemporary flavor, enough that you'll come away wondering whether Van Druten might deserve credit for inventing the workplace comedy decades before it found favor on TV.” - Wall Street Journal
"“Writing this 1931 play, set in a law office, the playwright John Van Druten (Bell, Book and Candle) was prescient in his examination of the workplace as an evolving social construct, which provides a kind of family but is also fraught with the dangers of economic and sexual exploitation.” - The New Yorker
"[London Wall] has pertinent things to say about the exploitation of women, and is as rivetingly entertaining as you'd expect from the man who went on to write I Am a Camera." - The Guardian
"A heartfelt, romantic drama" - Time Out London
"It might be very sentimental and the values all come from another age but London Wall will undoubtedly have audiences rolling with laughter and shedding the odd tear too." - British Theatre Guide
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $90 per performance
- Time Period: 1930s
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: Act I- General office of Messers. Walker, Windermere & Co., in London Wall. Lunchtime.
Act II - Scene 1: Mr Walker's room in the office. 3 o'clock. Three weeks later.
Scene 2: The general office. 5.45 same day.
Act III - Scene 1: Mr Walker's room. 9.30 next morning.
Scene 2: The general office 3 o'clock same afternoon.
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
- Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)