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Love on the Dole archiveSo desperate were audiences to see Love on the Dole that in towns without a theatre it would play twice daily in cinemas. By the end of 1935 this 'dangerous play' had been seen by more than a million people. Greenwood's 1934 classic about life in a northern town during the Thirties depression. The Great Depression has gripped everyone in Hanky Park, Lancashire. Despite the joy of her recent engagement, Sally Hardcastle and her family are struggling to make ends meet. Her brother, Harry, faces an uncertain future: out of work, a baby on the way and facing the dreaded Means Test. When a powerful rival for Sally's affection makes his feelings known, she's offered the chance to save her family from being torn apart. But can Sally sacrifice her integrity to secure the happiness of the people she loves? Love on the Dole was a landmark play in British Theatre and was voted one of the National Theatre's Best 100 Plays of the Twentieth Century.

Author Walter Greenwood. Author Ronald Gow.

Archive listings for Love on the Dole

Work type: Play.


Producer Octagon Theatre Bolton. Director David Thacker. Performer Colin Connor. Performer Clare Foster (Sally Hardcastle). Performer Kieran Hill (Larry Meath). Performer Sam Lupton. Performer David MacCreedy. Performer Barbara Peirson. Performer Susan Twist. Performer Annie Tyson. Performer Sarah Vezmer. Performer Flo Wilson.
14 Oct 10 to 6 Nov 10Octagon Theatre, Bolton :: V480
listing details L01449250986


Producer Jagged Fence. Producer Neil McPherson (for the Finborough Theatre). Director Beckie Mills. Design Olivia Altaras. Lighting Aaron Porter. Costume Fiona Albrow. Sound Chris Barlow. Performer Janie Booth. Performer Ben Crowe. Performer Emily Dobbs. Performer Joe Evans. Performer Colette Kelly. Performer William Maxwell. Performer Jack Monaghan. Performer Sadie Pickering. Performer Carl Prekopp. Performer Matthew Randall. Performer Fiona Whitelaw.
7 Sep 10 to 2 Oct 10Finborough, Inner London :: V199
listing details L1406268599


Adapted by Kevin Fegan. Director Andy Farrell Readman.
9 Sep 04 to 18 Sep 04The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
listing details L1317811837


Company The Company Theatre Group.
5 Apr 01 to 14 Apr 01Cryer Arts (formerly Charles Cryer Studio Theatre), Outer London :: V293
listing details L0338963921


Company Phase 2.
11 Oct 00 to 14 Oct 00Electric Theatre, Guildford :: V01732805351
listing details L01310635552


Company Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Director Andrew Jarvis.
23 Aug 00 to 26 Aug 00Mountview Theatre School, Outer London :: V317
listing details L1102982979


Company East. Director Julian Weber.
22 Mar 00 to 25 Mar 00Theatro Technis, Inner London :: V248
listing details L1561031350

Other listings

13 Sep 99Lyttelton (National Theatre), West End :: V374
listing details L01945184212

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