Katharine Cornell reprising her role in the
television production of the play in 1956
is a play written by The Barretts of Wimpole Street Rudolf Besier in 1930, based on the romance between Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett, and her father's unwillingness to allow them to marry.
The play was Besier's only real success as a playwright. He had been turned down by two London producers, but managed to have it staged in
Malvern, directed by Sir Barry Jackson.
He then turned to the United States, but was rebuffed by no fewer than 27 producers, before the actress
Katharine Cornell took a personal interest in the play and had it staged at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio in 1931. The role of Elizabeth Barrett worked so well for Cornell that it became her signature role. [1 ]
The Barretts of Wimpole Street then went to Broadway, where it opened on 9 February 1931 at the Empire Theatre, starring Katharine Cornell and Brian Aherne. It was revived there in 1934 and 1945. [2 ]
Adaptations [ edit ]
filmed in 1934, starring Fredric March, Norma Shearer and Charles Laughton. That film was remade scene-for-scene and almost shot-for-shot, in colour, in 1957, starring Bill Travers, Jennifer Jones and Sir John Gielgud. Both films were directed by Sidney Franklin.
Musical [ edit ]
The play also spawned a musical. It was first set as
The Third Kiss by Judge Fred G. Moritt, which was never produced, but that was reworked as , with music by Robert and Elizabeth Ron Grainer. It opened in London in 1964, starring June Bronhill and Keith Michell.
Television [ edit ]
A 1982 TV series
was made by the BBC starring The Barretts of Wimpole Street Jane Lapotaire, Joss Ackland, Jeremy Brett and Nigel Stock.
Sources [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
(1833) Pauline: A Fragment of a Confession
"Porphyria's Lover" (1836) "
Johannes Agricola in Meditation" (1836)
(1842, " Dramatic Lyrics My Last Duchess", " Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister", " Count Gismond")
(1845, " Dramatic Romances and Lyrics Home-Thoughts, from Abroad", " How They Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix", " Meeting at Night", " The Laboratory", "The Lost Leader")
(1850) Christmas-Eve and Easter-Day
(1855, Men and Women "Love Among the Ruins", "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came", " Andrea del Sarto", " Fra Lippo Lippi", " A Toccata of Galuppi's")
(1864, " Dramatis Personae Rabbi ben Ezra", " Caliban upon Setebos")
(1868-9) The Ring and the Book
(1871) Balaustion's Adventure
(1871) Prince Hohenstiel-Schwangau, Saviour of Society
(1872) Fifine at the Fair
(1873) Red Cotton Night-Cap Country
(1875) Aristophanes' Apology
(1875) The Inn Album
(1876) Pacchiarotto, and How He Worked in Distemper
(1877) The Agamemnon of Aeschylus
and La Saisiaz (1878) The Two Poets of Croisic
(1879, 1880) Dramatic Idyls
(1884) Ferishtah's Fancies
(1887) Parleyings with Certain People of Importance in Their Day