Daphne Laureola

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Daphne Laureola
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Cover of first edition
Written by James Bridie
Date premiered23 March 1949 [1]
Place premiered Wyndham's Theatre
Original languageEnglish

Daphne Laureola is a comic play by James Bridie about a young Polish refugee's infatuation with a middle-aged English woman. 'Egalitarianism is at the heart of this vision, but idealism may be just a liability.' [2]



The play was first produced by the Old Vic at Wyndham's Theatre in London in 1949, starring Edith Evans and Peter Finch, under the management of Laurence Olivier. The production was a major success, helping launch Finch's career in London. [3] [4] [5] In August 1950, it was performed at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow. [6]

A 1950 Broadway production, also starring Evans, was less successful. [7]

Original cast


It was adapted for television in the UK in 1958, In West Germany in 1962, in Australia in 1965 and in the UK again in 1978, starring Olivier. [8] [9] [10]

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