Once in a Lifetime archiveA classic 'showbiz' comedy from the 1930s. Two vaudevillians, George and Jerry, down on their luck, decide that the advent of 'the talkies' is their chance to make 'Big Money' in Hollywood. Astutely manipulated by their 'better third', the enterprising May Daniels, they set off for Los Angeles with its legion of would-be writers and starlets. A chance encounter on the train leads to May claiming to be voice coach to Lady Tree and their adventures begin. Her male companions, however, have rather more difficulty in keeping up the act Kaufman and Hart's inside knowledge of the entertainment industry lends their satire an edge and originality which made them the most successful comic writing partnership in the American theatre. The parade of humorous types in the film industry, which they parody with such skill, gives an hilarious glimpse into motion pictures in their early days.


David Suchet (Herman Glogauer), Victoria Hamilton (May Daniels), Adrian Scarborough (George Lewis), Caroline Sheen (Susan Walker), Marcia Warren (Mrs Walker), Issy Van Randwyck (Helen Hobart), Jonathan McGuinness (Lawrence Vail), Lloyd Hutchinson, Sarah Annis, Paul Basleigh, Kate Best, Paul Cawley, Alan Cooke, Edwina Cox, Joshua Dallas, Lisa Donmall, Serena Evans, Nick Fletcher, Akiya Henry, Tim McMullan, William Osbourne, Alexis-Owen Hobbs, Michael Rouse, Adam Shipway, Rachel Stanley, Jack Tarlton, Nicholas Tizzard, Emma Tunmore, Inika Leigh Wright, Matt Zimmerman


Author(s): George S Kaufman, Moss Hart
Producer: National Theatre
Director: Edward Hall
Design: Mark Thompson
Lighting: Hugh Vanstone
Sound: Paul Groothuis
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Once in a Lifetime

Once in a Lifetime (Play) production archive for QTIX code T121710969. Details of all Once in a Lifetime archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S4441

Archive Listings

5 Dec 05
11 Mar 06
Olivier (National Theatre)
West End
Greater London

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