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The Late Mrs Early

Norman Robbins

Full Length Play, Comedy

4m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573015861

The Late Mrs Early
by Norman Robbins

Terry Early's announcement that he and Susan intend to marry rouses the fury of his overbearing mother Alice. Alice's sudden demise, following her handling of a faulty electric kettle, promises a peaceful solution. But Alice as a vengeful ghost is ev…

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Farce, Romantic Comedy

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1980s

Settings Of Play -

Action of the play passes in the living-room of the Early's terraced council house

Act 1 Sc 1 - Saturday morning: Sc 2 - The following Saturday evening

Act 2 Sc 1 - Sunday afternoon, one week later: Sc 2 - the following Saturday, early evening

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget

Terry Early's announcement that he and Susan Rickworth intend to marry rouses the fury of the formidable Alice, Terry's mother, on account of a previous relationship between her and Reuben Rickworth, Susan's father.  Sam Early is caught in th middle of this and his peace of mind - as that of his crony Joe - is shattered.  Alice's sudden demise, following her handling of a faulty electric kettle lent her by the inquisitive neighbour, Mabel, promises a peaceful solution.  But Alice as a vengeful ghost is even more formidable than as a live wife and mother.  Much drama ensues in which both families - and Mabel- are involved, before Alice's ashes can be persuaded to lie quiet in her urn until Sam is ready to join her.

First produced in 1976

To date over 300productions worldwide

Dutch and Russian translations

Characters

CASTING

4m, 4f

CASTING NOTES

Ages of characters are 'liquid' but each character must be of an age to compliment their respective partners and relationships to other characters.

 

TERRY - young (17 - 20)

SUSAN - young (17 - 20)

MABEL - (50 - 70)

SAM - (40 - 50)

ALICE - (40 - 50)

JOE - (50 - 70)

REUBEN - (40 - 60)

LUCY - (40 -60)

Author
Norman Robbins

Norman Robbins

Norman, one of Amateur Theatre's most popular authors wrote his first stage show almost 60 years ago whilst working for the Yorkshire Evening Post. An avid theatre-goer from the age of 3, (his Grand-parents ran the pub near the local theatre so free tickets were always available) he was equally fascinated by Operettas, Musical Comedies, Oratorios, Plays and Pantomimes. A keen amateur actor and ... view full profile

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