A Penny For a Song archiveOn a summer's day in 1804, in a Dorset garden, the Bellboys family awaits the Napoleonic invasion. An aristocratic family, whose eccentricity verges on lunacy, they make their own preparations for war. Hallam Matthews, an elegant and reactionary dilettante, has come to stay and into the family's midst walks Edward Sterne, a radical, whose mission is to stop the war. Their debate is galvanised into action when the prospect of a real invasion looms. As danger grows, so does farce, as characters descend down wells and ascend in hot air balloons. A delicate, mystical and visionary play, A Penny for a Song is a classic English comedy. Mixing the plot of Ben Jonson with the characters of Sheridan, the wit of Wilde and the warmth of Goldsmith, the play was first staged in 1951 directed by Peter Brook.


Julian Glover, Brian Protheroe, James Lance, Charles Kay, Jody Watson


Author: John Whiting
Company: Oxford Stage Company
Director: Paul Miller
Design: Tom Piper
Producer: Dominic Dromgoole
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A Penny For a Song

A Penny For a Song (Play) production archive for QTIX code T2011112450. Details of all A Penny For a Song archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S0137065051

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21 Sep 99
25 Sep 99
Arts Theatre
14 Sep 99
18 Sep 99
Richmond Theatre
Outer London
Greater London
2 Sep 99
11 Sep 99
The Playhouse

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