Boeing Boeing

by  Marc Camoletti, Beverley Cross, Francis Evans

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2m, 4f

"This latest edition of a play named for an aircraft soars right out of its time zone and into some unpolluted stratosphere of classic physical comedy." - The New York Times

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

This 1960’s French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancées, each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent “layovers.” He keeps “one up, one down, and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris, and Bernard’s apartment, at the same time.

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Accolades

  • Winner! 2008 Tony Award®, Best Revival of a Play

Reviews

"This latest edition of a play named for an aircraft soars right out of its time zone and into some unpolluted stratosphere of classic physical comedy. Propelled by the same gusty spirit that animated Commedia dell'Arte and the silent films of Keaton, Chaplin and Lloyd, [this] may be earthy, but it's seldom earthbound." - The New York Times

"This is, by many an airmile, the funniest show on the London stage." - Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph

"I cannot remember experiencing a West End evening of such sheer, silly, comic pleasure." - Nicholas de Jongh, Evening Standard

"Fasten your seatbelts for the most deliriously funny flight of your life." - Georgina Brown, Mail on Sunday

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The action of the play takes place in Bernard’s flat near Orly Airport in Paris.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

2m, 4f
BERNARD – a Parisian bachelor
GLORIA – an American air hostess
BERTHE – Bernard’s housekeeper
ROBERT - a friend of Bernard’s
GABRIELLA – an Italian air hostess
GRETCHEN – a German air hostess
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Authors

Marc Camoletti

Marc Camoletti (1923-2003) authored more than 40 plays and became a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in France. Boeing-Boeing, his first major international success, ran for seven years and 2000 performances in its debut London production. It became the Guinness Book of Records

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Beverley Cross

Beverly Cross (1931-1998) achieved instant success in 1959 with One More River starring Sir Michael Caine and directed b ...

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Francis Evans

Francis Evans

Boeing Boeing was first presented was first presented February 2, 1965, at the Cort Theatre, in New York City, by Martin Lee, by arrangement with Hal Wallis Productions and John Gale Productions Ltd. The director was Jack Minster.

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