The Seven Year Itch (play)

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The Seven Year Itch
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Paulette Girard and Tom Ewell in
The Seven Year Itch (1952)
Written byGeorge Axelrod
Date premiered20 November 1952
Place premieredFulton Theatre
New York City
Original languageEnglish
SettingThe apartment of the Richard Shermans, in the Gramercy Park section of New York City. Present time.

The Seven Year Itch is a 1952 three-act play written by George Axelrod starring Tom Ewell and Vanessa Brown.

The titular phrase, which refers to declining interest in a monogamous relationship after seven years of marriage, has been used by psychologists.[1]

The play was filmed in 1955 as The Seven Year Itch, directed and co-written by Billy Wilder and starred Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell, reprising his Broadway role.


The stage version premiered at the Fulton Theatre on 20 November 1952, and closed there on 13 August 1955, after a run of 1,141 performances, making it the longest-running non-musical play of the 1950s.[2][3]

Opening night cast[edit]

Replacement cast members during the original Broadway run included Eddie Albert, Eddie Bracken, and Elliott Nugent as Richard Sherman; Sally Forrest and Louise King as The Girl; and Paulette Girard as Marie What-Ever-Her-Name-Was.[4]

The touring production starred Eddie Bracken as Richard Sherman and also featured Gena Rowlands as Elaine.[5] In London, the West End production starred Rosemary Harris[6].

Although The Seven Year Itch has never returned to Broadway, it was revived in a 2000 London production starring Daryl Hannah, and the play continues to be produced in community theatres and small professional theatres such as the Ivoryton Playhouse, the American Century Theatre, and the Miami Theatre Center.[7]


An American husband, married for seven years, fantasises about his adventurous past, and future, particularly with “the girl” who moves into his apartment block.


  1. ^ Dalton, Aaron (January 2001). "The Ties That Unbind". Psychology Today. Retrieved 30 October 2008.
  2. ^ The Seven Year Itch Internet Broadway Database Accessed 14 January 2009
  3. ^ Schildcrout, Jordan (2019). In the Long Run: A Cultural History of Broadway's Hit Plays. New York and London: Routledge. p. 102. ISBN 978-0367210908.
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  5. ^ Schildcrout, p. 112.
  6. ^ Schildcrout, p. 112.
  7. ^ Schildcrout, pp. 112-13.

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