The Living Room (play)

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The Living Room is a 1953 play by Graham Greene; it was the first play he wrote in his career. The play consists of two acts, each of two scenes and is set entirely in the living room of Rose Pemberton and her two elderly aunts who live with the aunts' brother James, a disabled Roman Catholic priest. The aunts have a long running fear of death in the house, with any bedroom being locked away from further use following a death of its resident family member. The story resolves around the introduction of Rose's new lover, Michael Dennis to the family. It later transpires that Michael is married when his suicidal wife arrives at the house.


  • Mary, the daily woman
  • Michael Dennis
  • Rose Pemberton
  • Miss Teresa Browne
  • Miss Helene Browne
  • Father James Browne
  • Mrs Dennis

It premiered at the Wyndhams Theatre in April 1953, directed by Peter Glenville, with a cast including Dorothy Tutin, John Robinson[disambiguation needed], and Eric Portman.[1] It was revived at the Jermyn Street Theatre in March 2013, with a cast including Christopher Timothy and Tuppence Middleton.[2]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ The Living Room, London, April 1953 | Stage | The Guardian
  2. ^ The Living Room – review | Stage | The Guardian