Anatomy of a Murder

by  Elihu Winer

Full Length Play, Drama  /  17m or f

Defeated for re-election as District Attorney, Paul Biegler isn't looking forward to becoming a defense attorney, but his first case is sensational: a lieutenant is accused of murdering the bartender who allegedly raped his wife. 

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Anatomy of a Murder

by  Elihu Winer

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    17m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From West End
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Defeated for re-election as District Attorney, Paul Biegler isn't looking forward to becoming a defense attorney, but his first case is sensational: a lieutenant is accused of murdering the bartender who allegedly raped his wife. It’s a high-stakes battle of wit and determination, as Biegler uses every device to save the officer's neck.

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Reviews

"Touching on home truths about justice and the law […] most audiences […] may overpraise it because it reminds them of older, better movies. Wouldn’t it be lovely to see a modern version of […] (a much sturdier small-town courtroom drama) Anatomy of a Murder?" - Time Magazine

"Anatomy of a Murder […] a riveting thriller." - What’s On Stage

"The production is gripping […] characters hurl witty insults at each other during the court case scenes […] performance ends brilliantly." - The Stage

"Elihu Winer’s explosive courtroom drama, Anatomy of a Murder […] Based on the bestseller turned into the critically acclaimed film starring James Stewart, Ben Gazzara, and Lee Remick." - Broadwayworld.com/UK

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

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

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting:

    In the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The recent past.

  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

17m or f

PARNELL MCCARTHY
PAUL BIEGLER
LT. FREDERIC MANION
LAURA MANION
PAQUETTE
MITCH LODWICK
CLAUDE DANCER
GROVER GLEASON
CLOVIS PIDGEON
JUDGE WEAVER
DR. HOMER RASCHID
WARREN BURKE
DET. SGT. JULIAN DURGO
DR. W. HARCOURT GREGORY
DR. MATTHEW SMITH
JURY FOREMAN
MR. LEMON
(EXTRAS, JURY MEMBERS)

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Cast Attributes

  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

Doubling parts can reduce cast size from 17 to 9.

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