The Masters

by  Ronald Millar, C P Snow

Full Length Play, Drama  /  18m, 3f

Two candidates vie for election to be the new master at a prestigious Cambridge college.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    18m, 3f
  • Duration


    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

The Masters is a dramatisation of the fifth novel in C P Snow's series 'Strangers and Brothers'. It involves the election of a new master at narrator Lewis Eliot's unnamed Cambridge College, which resembles Christ's College, where Snow was a fellow. The play is set in 1937, with the growing threat from Nazi Germany as the backdrop. The two candidates are Crawford, who is politically radical and prepared to make sure the college makes a stand against appeasing Hitler, but whom Eliot believes will not be good at dealing with people; and Jago, whom Eliot believes would make a good master, but whose wife is seen by some as a liability. Much of the interest of the novel lies in its analysis of the motives and political manoeuvres of the people campaigning for their chosen candidates
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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Large Stage


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

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



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

    Various rooms at a Cambridge College, UK


  • Additional Features: Not Applicable


18m, 3f

Alice Jago

Arthur Brown MA Tutor

Bidwell, College Servant

Charles Chrystal, MA, Dean

Eustace Pilbrow, MA, Litt D

Francis Getliffe, MA, Sc D

G H Winslow, MA Burser

Joan Royce

Lewis Elliot, MA

M H L Gay, MA, FBA, Litt D, Senior Fellow

Muriel Royce

Newby, Head porter

Paul Jago, MA Litt D, Senior Tutor

R E A Nightingale, MA, SC D

Roy Calvert, MA

Sir Horace Timberlake

Straker, College Servant

The Reverend Albert Despard-Smith, MA,B Mus, Deputy

Thomas Crawford, CBE, MA, Sc D, FRS

Vernon Royce, MA, FBA, Master

Walter Luke, MA PhD

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