Daphne Laureola

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Daphne Laureola is a play by James Bridie about a young Polish refugee's infatuation with a middle-aged English woman.


The play was first produced at the Old Vic 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.[1][2][3]

A 1950 Broadway production, also starring Evans, was less successful.[4]


It was adapted for television in 1978, starring Olivier.[5]


  1. ^ "Critics occlaim Peter Finch". The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956). Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia. 25 March 1949. p. 4. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "DAPHNE LAUREOLA": A New Comedy by James Bridie P H W. The Manchester Guardian (1901-1959) [Manchester (UK)] 24 Mar 1949: 6.
  3. ^ BRIDIE'S MOST BRILLIANT ACHIEVEMENT Our London Drama Critic. The Scotsman (1921-1950) [Edinburgh, Scotland] 24 Mar 1949: 4.
  4. ^ Daphne Laureola at IBDB
  5. ^ Daphne Laureola at IMDB