Dangerous Corner

by  J.B. Priestley

Full Length Play, Melodrama  /  3m, 4f

Robert Caplan and his wife are entertaining her brother and sister-in-law, Olwen Peel and Charles Stanton – all of whom are associated with Robert in a publishing business. Because Robert insists on uncovering the truth about his brother Martin’s “suicide”, many unpalatable revelations ensue.

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Dangerous Corner

by  J.B. Priestley

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    3m, 4f

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Before, he had good memories of Martin, a wife who seemed too good for him, two partners he liked and respected and a girl he could idealize. Now, he finds Martin was an obscene lunatic who his wife adored, one of his partners was a cheating thief, the other a hysterical young pervert, and the girl was a slut. His disillusionment drives him to shoot himself. At this point, the opening scene is repeated, but this time they bypass the dangerous corner at which the truth is demanded, thus averting disaster.

One of the outstanding successes of the New York season, this play was brilliantely produced by Harry Moses at the Empire Theatre, after an enormously successful run in England. It is a fascinating combination of mystery play and psychological study. It shows how the gradual revelation of the truth about a murdered man disrupts his family and friends and shows them up for the rotters they are. George Jean Nathan writes of it that it "provided the only intelligent new play that the Broadway stage has uncovered thus far in a season."

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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
    Licensing available for non-professional groups only. Some restrictions apply.



  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Setting: The Living room of the Chatfield Country Home, after dinner. 
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


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


3m, 4f
OLWEN PEEL - Secretary to the publishers
FREDA CHATFIELD - Robert's wife
BETTY WHITEHOUSE - Gordon's wife
CHARLES WHITEHOUSE - Freda's brother
ROBERT CHATFIELD - Head of the publishing firm
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J.B. Priestley

John Boynton Priestley (1894 - 1984) was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, son of a schoolmaster. He left Belle Vue School at 16 and worked in a wool office, beginning to write in his spare time. He volunteered for the army in 1914 and served throughout the First World War, surviving the grim conditions of the trenches. He ...

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Dangerous Corner was first produced by Harry Moses at the Empire Theatre in New York City on October 27, 1932 and was directed by Elsa Lazareff.

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