Same Time, Next Year

by  Bernard Slade

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  1m, 1f

"Delicious wit, compassion, a sense of humor and a feel for nostalgia." - The New York Times

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Same Time, Next Year

by  Bernard Slade

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • SubGenre


    Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades


    Tony, From Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

One of the most popular romantic comedies of the century, Same Time, Next Year ran four years on Broadway, winning a Tony® Award for lead actress Ellen Burstyn, who later recreated her role in the successful motion picture. It remains one of the world’s most widely produced plays. The plot follows a love affair between two people, Doris and George, married to others, who rendezvous once a year. Twenty-five years of manners and morals are hilariously and touchingly played out by the lovers.
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  • Winner! 1975 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding New American Play
    Nominee! 1975 Tony® Award, Best Play



"Delicious wit, compassion, a sense of humor and a feel for nostalgia." - The New York Times

"Genuinely funny and genuinely romantic." - New York Post


  • Sudbury Theatre Centre cast discusses Same Time, Next Year
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Love, Marriage, Memory


Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $125 per performance



  • Time Period: 1970s, 1960s, 1950s
  • Setting: The entire action of the play takes palce in a guest cottage of a country inn in Northern California.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes


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


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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)



Bernard Slade

Bernard Slade

Same Time, Next Year was first presented on Broadway by Morton Gottlieb, Dasha Epstein, and Edward L. Schuman at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York City on March 13, 1975. It was directed by Gene Saks.

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