London Wall

by  John Van Druten

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  4m, 5f

London Wall is a wryly comic look at the life of women office workers in the 1930s.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period, Docudrama/Historic, Romantic Comedy
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

In a solicitor's office in the City, Brewer, the office manager, sees pretty new 19-year-old typist Pat as fair game. As some of the more experienced secretaries try to warn her, and others leave her to her fate, her steady boyfriend - an idealistic young writer- desperately tries to win her back.

Meanwhile cynical Miss Janus' romantic life seems to be over as she is jilted by her lover at the desperate age of 35....

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Reviews

"[London Wall] has pertinent things to say about the exploitation of women, and is as rivetingly entertaining as you'd expect from the man who went on to write I Am a Camera." - The Guardian

"A heartfelt, romantic drama" - Time Out London

"It might be very sentimental and the values all come from another age but London Wall will undoubtedly have audiences rolling with laughter and shedding the odd tear too." - British Theatre Guide

Keywords

Feminism, Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    Act I- General office of Messers. Walker, Windermere & Co., in London Wall. Lunchtime.

    Act II - Scene 1: Mr Walker's room in the office. 3 o'clock. Three weeks later.
               Scene 2: The general office. 5.45 same day.

    Act III - Scene 1: Mr Walker's room. 9.30 next morning.
                Scene 2: The general office 3 o'clock same afternoon.  

  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

4m, 5f
PAT MILLIGAN
MISS BUFTON
MISS HOOPER
MISS WILLESDEN
MISS JANUS
HEC HAMMOND
MR. BREWER
BIRKINSHAW
MR. WALKER
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