St Helena (play)

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St Helena
Written byR.C. Sheriff
CharactersNapoleon Bonaparte
Date premiered4 February 1936
Place premieredLondon
Original languageEnglish
SettingSt Helena

St Helena: a play in twelve scenes is a play by the English author R. C. Sherriff (notable as the author of the First World War drama Journey's End) and Jeanne de Casalis (who also researched it). It deals with the exile of Napoleon I on Saint Helena. It premiered at the Old Vic on 4 February 1936 to poor reviews, but was rescued by a letter to The Times by Winston Churchill, calling it "a remarkable play" and "a work of art of a very high order", though a West End transfer also proved unsuccessful.


  • R. C. Sherriff, No Leading Lady (London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1968), pages 297 to 308
  • A New Play About Napoleon - The Times, Thursday, Jan 30, 1936; pg. 12;

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