End of the Rainbow

by  Peter Quilter

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 1f

A play with music about the final years in the life of Judy Garland, "End of the Rainbow" triumphed in London's West End in 2010/2011 and on Broadway, at the Belasco Theatre, in 2012. The show received 3 Tony nominations and 4 Olivier nominations, including Best Play.

"Sensational - in every sense of the word" - Ben Brantley, New York Times

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End of the Rainbow

by  Peter Quilter

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 1f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre


  • Accolades


    Tony, Olivier, From Broadway, From West End
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

A play with music about the final years in the life of Judy Garland, "End of the Rainbow" triumphed in London's West End in 2010/2011 and on Broadway, at the Belasco Theatre, in 2012.

A musical drama of Judy Garland's "come-back" concerts Christmas 1968: with a six week booking at London's Talk of the Town, it looks like Judy Garland is set firmly on the comeback trail. The failed marriages, the suicide attempts and the addictions are all behind her. At forty-six and with new flame Mickey Deans at her side, she seems determined to carry it off and recapture her magic. But lasting happiness always eludes some people, and there was never any answer to the question with which Judy ended every show: "If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why, oh, why, can't I?"

End of the Rainbow is a savagely funny drama featuring a glorious ensemble of Judy Garland hits and infused with the glamour and the melancholy of stardom.

"Every note she sings, every racket she makes, every tear she sheds, every joke she cracks, every pill she pops - is conveyed with alarming honesty. This knockout portrait of a living catastrophe should not be missed." What's On

Published to tie-in with the premiere at the Sydney Opera House in July 2005




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  • 3 Tony nominations and 4 Olivier nominations, including Best Play.



"After watching the electrifying, intense production that opened on Monday night at the Belasco Theater, you feel exhilerated and exhausted.In other words, you feel utterly alive. That's what comes from witnessing acting that is this unconditionally committed, not to mention this sensational - in every sense of the word...End of the Rainbow is a lurid account of the twilight of an all-too-mortal goddess on the eve of destruction and is revealing in a way that tell-all bio-drama seldom is...Tracie Bennett locates, both physically and emotionally, that perilous, bipolar energy that so often animates great performers. Touch this woman at your own risk. She burns... Every chapter of Garland's history is alive: she is foul-mouthed, flirtatious, hypersexual, childlike, unedited, manipulative and supremely self-conscious as she makes love and war with Mickey and Anthony. She has a strong sense of herself as a human tragedy on a world stage, but her sense of humor, of the absurdity of it all, is just as sharp. Some of her zingers are appallingly funny...And then she sings. And all those disparate, desperate elements coalesce into a coherent, riveting whole." - Ben Brantley, New York Times

"There are moments in the theatre when you lean forward in your seat, with shivers racing down the spine, and realise there is nowhere else on God's earth you'd rather be. End of the Rainbow is one such occasion...One of the greatest musical performances I have ever witnessed"  (Daily Telegraph, London)



Performing Groups

  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance



  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    A suite at the Ritz Hotel in London, 1969.

  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


3m, 1f
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Requires an actress who can play (and sing as) JUDY GARLAND.


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Full Package

Licensees should purchase the vocal selection book. 

Licensees will be provided "I Belong to London"

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Peter Quilter

Peter Quilter’s plays have been produced in forty countries around the world and translated into thirty languages. He has had three successful shows in London’s West End, a hit run on Broadway, and has twice been nominated for the Olivier Award - for Best New Play and Best New Comedy. His work has been produced at som ...

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