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The Royal Family (play)
|The Royal Family|
|Written by||George S. Kaufman
|Date premiered||28 December 1927|
|Place premiered||Selwyn Theatre
New York City
|Setting||a New York City duplex apartment in 1927|
The Royal Family is a play written by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber. Its premiere on Broadway was at the Selwyn Theatre on 28 December 1927, where it ran for 345 performances to close in October 1928. It was included in Burns Mantle's The Best Plays of 1927–1928.
- Fanny Cavendish – Cavendish Family Matriarch
- Julie Cavendish – Fanny's daughter
- Tony Cavendish – Fanny's son
- Gwen Cavendish – Fanny's granddaughter
- Herbert Dean – Fanny's brother
- Kitty Dean – Fanny's sister-in-law
- Oscar Wolfe – Cavendish Family's Long-time Agent
- Gilbert Marshall – Julie's Love Interest
- Perry Stewart – Gwen's Fiancee
- In Britain, Noël Coward directed the West End version of the play in 1934, with a cast that included Marie Tempest as Fanny Cavendish, Madge Titheradge as Julie Cavendish and Laurence Olivier as Tony Cavendish. The play was retitled "Theatre Royal".
- The play was revived in the 1975–76 season on Broadway. Directed by Ellis Rabb, it starred Rosemary Harris as Julie Cavendish, George Grizzard as Tony, and Eva Le Gallienne as the theatrical matriarch, Fanny and Sam Levene as Oscar Wolfe. Rabb received the 1976 Tony Award for best director. The production was telecast on the PBS series Great Performances on November 9, 1977, with Rabb replacing Grizzard as Tony. This version was released on DVD.
- In 2001 Peter Hall directed a West End revival of the play (under its original title) with Judi Dench as Fanny, Harriet Walter as Julie and Toby Stephens as Tony; also in the cast were Peter Bowles, Julia McKenzie and Emily Blunt.
The play was adapted in 1930 by Herman Mankiewicz for the film The Royal Family of Broadway, released by Paramount Pictures. The film was directed by George Cukor and Cyril Gardner, and stars Ina Claire and Fredric March.
Awards and nominations
- 1975 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play
- 2010 Nominated for Best Revival of a Play
- Kaufman, George S.; Ferber, Edna (1928). The Royal Family; A Comedy in Three Acts (First ed.). Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. OCLC 1490010.
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