Money (play)

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Money by Lytton, 4th edition title page.jpg
Fourth edition title page, 1840
Written byEdward Bulwer-Lytton
Date premiered8 December 1840
Place premieredTheatre Royal Haymarket, London
Original languageEnglish
Setting19th century England

Money is a comic play by Edward Bulwer-Lytton. It was premièred at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, on 8 December 1840.

Revival of 1911[edit]

Alexandra Carlisle and Cyril Maude in the 1911 Drury Lane revival of Money

On 17 May 1911, there was a royal command performance of the play at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, for King George V, in honour of a visit to England by Wilhelm II, German Emperor, and his Empress, directed by Arthur Collins and produced by Sir Squire Bancroft. The cast included George Alexander as Alfred Evelyn, Irene Vanbrugh as Clara Douglas, Winifred Emery as Lady Franklin, Herbert Tree as Graves and Stout, Laurence Irving as Sharp, Charles Hawtrey as Flat, Weedon Grossmith as Frantz, Sydney Valentine as Green, Alexandra Carlisle as Georgina Vesey, Cyril Maude as Sir Frederick Blount, Charles Rock as MacFinch, Norman Forbes as MacStucco, Sir John Hare as Sir John Vesey, and Lewis Waller as Sir John's Servant, and with music arranged by J. M. Glover.[1][2]

Revival of 1999[edit]

The play was revived again in 1999, this time at the Royal National Theatre,[3] with John Caird as director and with a cast including Jasper Britton, Roger Allam, who in 2000 won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the part, Simon Russell Beale, Sophie Okonedo, Patricia Hodge, who won Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and Victoria Hamilton.

Film adaptation[edit]

In 1921 the play was adapted into a silent film directed by Duncan McRae and starring Henry Ainley, Faith Bevan and Margot Drake.

Radio adaptation[edit]

A radio adaptation of the play by Kate Clanchy was premiered by BBC Radio 3 on 19 June 2011 as part of its Money Talks season and repeated on 1 July 2012.[4][5] It was the first radio play to be directed by Samuel West (who also played the minor and uncredited vocal role of a French tailor). The play was recorded at Bulwer-Lytton's stately home, Knebworth House, and the music was performed by the Endellion String Quartet. The producer was Amber Barnfather. The Financial Times described the production as “faultlessly stylish”.[6]



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