Event The Man who Came to Dinner
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Venue Minerva Theatre (1939-1950), Kings Cross, NSW
First Date 13 December 1941
Opening Date 13 December 1941
Dates Estimated No
Status Professional
World Premiere No
Description Sheridan Whiteside, a writer and critic, arrives for dinner. He is extremely rude, demanding, arrogant and insulting towards the other guests. Despite his hateful nature, Sheridan has an overwhelming number of friends and admirers. This play is based on a true event that occured when the playwright received Alexander Woollcott (real-life critic) as a guest for a night's dinner and entertainment. He also was known as a notoriously demanding person.
Three other characters are also based on real-life personalities of fame.
Description Source Programme
Primary Genre Theatre - Spoken Word
Secondary Genre Comedy
Name Function Notes
Fifi Banvard Actor
Dick Bentley Actor
Aileen Britton Actor
Letty Craydon Actor
Marshall Crosby Actor
Don Davies Actor
Hilda Dorrington Actor
Leal Douglas Actor
Edward Finn Actor
Barrett Fleming Actor
Wayne Froman Actor
Ethel Gabriel Actor
Hal Lashwood Actor
Irene Leck Actor
Irene Leck Actor
Ben Lewin Actor
Grant McIntyre Actor
Frederick McMahon Actor
Philip Smith Actor
Stephen Staughton Actor
Sam Stern Actor
Edwin Styles Actor
Hal Thompson Actor
Katie Towers Actor
Leslie Victor Actor
Laura West Actor
Charles Zoli Actor
William Constable Artistic Director
Sefton Daly Composer
Morson Clift Costume Designer
Moss Hart Playwright
George Kaufman Playwright
Alec Coppel Producer
George Upward Set Designer
Harry Short Stage Manager
Further Information Appearing in this production and not added as contributors were a girls choir from Mr. Roland Foster's Studio, State Conservatorium. During this period, the term 'Producer' refers to the stage director and 'Director' is used to describe those people who produce or manage the venue, company and/or its productions.
Data Source
Source Description
Programme PROMPT Collection, National Library of Australia
Event Identifier 14271