See How They Run

by  Philip King

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  6m, 3f

"Breathless show, fast tempo, plenty of laughs." - Variety
"A positive riot, in all my fifty years in the theatre I've never heard such laughter." - Bernard W. Suss, Elitch Gardens, Denver

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See How They Run

by  Philip King

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 3f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

So swift is the action, so involved the situations, so rib-tickling the plot in this London hit that at its finish audiences are left as exhausted from laughter as though they had run a foot race. Galloping in and out of the four doors of an English vicarage are an American actor and actress (he is now stationed with the Air Force in England), a cockney maid who has seen too many American movies, an old maid who "touches alcohol for the first time in her life," four men in clergyman suits presenting the problem of which is which (for disguised as one is an escaped prisoner), and a sedate Bishop aghast at all these goings-on and the trumped up stories they tell him.
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Reviews

"Breathless show, fast tempo, plenty of laughs." - Variety

"A positive riot, in all my fifty years in the theatre I've never heard such laughter." - Bernard W. Suss, Elitch Gardens, Denver

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII, 1930s
  • Setting: The Hall at the Vicarage, Merton-Cum-Middlewick.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

6m, 3f

IDA - a maid.
MISS SKILLON
THE REVEREND LIONEL TOOP
PENELOPE TOOP - Reverend Toop's wife.
CORPORAL CLIVE WINTON
THE INTRUDER
THE BISHOP OF LAX
THE REVEREND ARTHUR HUMPHREY
SERGEANT TOWERS

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Authors

Philip King

Philip King

See How They Run received its first American production at Actors' Theatre in Plainfield, New Jersey, on May 11th, 1949. It was directed by Tom Taggart.

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