The Graduate

by  Charles Webb, Calder Willingham, Terry Johnson, Buck Henry

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  6m, 5f

A cult novel, a classic film, a quintessential hit of the 1960s, now Benjamin's disastrous sexual odyssey is brought to life in this world stage premiere production at the Gielgud Theatre.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Period
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway, From West End
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

This is the first play adaptation of the classic novel and cult film. It premiered in April 2000 at the Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, starring Kathleen Turner as Mrs Robinson California in the 60s. Benjamin's got excellent grades, very proud parents and, since he helped Mrs Robinson with her zipper, a fine future behind him...A cult novel, a classic film, a quintessential hit of the 60s, now Benjamin's disastrous sexual odyssey is brought vividly to life in this world stage premiere production."Terry Johnson is that rare creature: a moralist with wit. He writes with responsible gaiety" (Guardian)
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Reviews

"After a long and successful run in the West End, The Graduate is now on Broadway and IT'S A HIT!" - Variety

"This bittersweet comedy is rich, full and funny. Enjoy!" - NY1

"Fun to watch...Definitely gives off starlight." - The New York Times

"Good stuff...The audience goes wild." - FOX5 TV

"Delightful." - USA Today

"Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson!...Breaking all box office records!" - Newark Star Ledger

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Nudity Nudity/Partial Nudity
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: California, 1964. Flexible minimalist setting.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable

Casting

6m, 5f

BENJAMIN
MRS. ROBINSON
MR. ROBINSON
ELAINE
MR. BRADDOCK (DAD)
MRS. BRADDOCK (MOM)
STRIPPER
HOTEL CLEARK
PSYCHIATRIST
MEN
WEDDING GUESTS
PRIEST

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Casting Notes

The hotel clerk can double as the priest and the psychiatrist. The men and the wedding guests are doubled by the company.

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Authors

Charles Webb

Mr. Webb was a finalist of The Eugene O'Neill National Playwright's Conference.

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Calder Willingham

Calder Willingham

Terry Johnson

Terry Johnson

Buck Henry

Buck Henry

The Graduate was first presented on Broadway by John Reid and Sacha Brooks by special arrangement with StudioCanal, in association with Clear Channel Entertainment, at the Plymouth Theatre in New York City on April 4, 2002. The director was Terry Johnson.

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