The Late Mrs Early

by  Norman Robbins

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 4f

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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The Late Mrs Early

by  Norman Robbins

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

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.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1980s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    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

  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

4m, 4f

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)

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Cast Attributes

  • Not Applicable

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.

 

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Authors

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 Operett ...

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First produced in 1976

To date over 300productions worldwide

Dutch and Russian translations

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