Home (play)

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For the comedy by Octave Mirbeau, see Home (Mirbeau).
First edition (publ. Jonathan Cape)
Written by David Storey
Characters Harry
Date premiered 17 June 1970 (1970-06-17)
Place premiered Royal Court Theatre, London
Setting A mental asylum

Home is a play by David Storey. It is set in a mental asylum, although this fact is only revealed gradually as the story progresses. The five characters include seemingly benign Harry, highly opinionated Jack, cynical Marjorie, and flirtatious Kathleen. As they interact we come to realize their delusions and pretensions are similar to those of people living in a supposedly normal society.


The play premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London on 17 June 1970, directed by Lindsay Anderson. It transferred to the Apollo Theatre, where it ran for three months, then to Broadway, opening on 17 November 1970 at the Morosco Theatre, where it ran for 110 performances. The London and Broadway casts both included John Gielgud as Harry, Ralph Richardson as Jack, Dandy Nichols as Marjorie and Mona Washbourne as Kathleen. Jessica Tandy replaced Nichols later in the Broadway run. Storey adapted his play for the 6 January 1972 broadcast of the British television series Play for Today. It was directed by Anderson and featured the same cast.

It was revived off-Broadway by the Actors Company Theatre (TACT) in 2006, starring British actor Simon Jones and American actress Cynthia Harris.[1]

More recently it was part of the Peter Hall Company season in 2009 at the Theatre Royal, Bath, and the Soulpepper Theatre season in 2012 in Toronto, Ontario.[2]




  1. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (8 December 2006). "Alighting in the Confines of a Lonely Cuckoo's Nest". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Cushman, Robert (13 June 2012). "Home is Where the Art is". The National Post. 

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