Man and Boy

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For the novel by Tony Parsons, see Man and Boy (novel). For the American film, see Man and Boy (1971 film). For the British television film, see Man and Boy (2002 film).

Man and Boy is a play by Terence Rattigan.

It was first performed at The Queen's Theatre, London, and Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York, in 1963. It was poorly received, but revived in 2005 at the Duchess Theatre, London, with David Suchet as the lead part, Gregor Antonescu, to great acclaim.[1] Roundabout Theatre Company revived the play on Broadway in the fall of 2011 at the American Airlines Theatre starring Tony Award winner Frank Langella.[2]

The Australian premiere of Man and Boy was performed at the Garrick Theatre in Perth, Western Australia, in June 2007.[3]


The play is a study of a ruthless, sociopathic businessman: his inability to love and the impact of this on others (notably, his son and his wife). The central character Gregor Antonescu was based on the lives of Ivar Kreuger, the Swedish Match King,[4] and Samuel Insull the Anglo-American investor.[5]


  1. ^ "Man and Boy". The Actors Company Theatre. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Roundabout Theatre Company presents Man and Boy". Roundabout Theatre Company. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Man and Boy". theatre australia. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Lahr, John (17 October 2011). "Vile Bodies". The New Yorker (Condé Nast Publications). LXXXVII (32): 96–97. ISSN 0028-792X. 
  5. ^ Rattigan, Terence (1964). Man and Boy. Samuel French, Inc. 

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