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(1931) Stage: Appeared (as "Winnie Marble"; Broadway debut) in "Payment Deferred" on Broadway. Drama. Book adapted by Jeffrey Dell, from a novel by C.S. Forester. Directed by H.K. Ayliff. Lyceum Theatre: 30 Sep 1931-Nov 1931 (closing date unknown/70 performances). Cast: Dorice Fordred (as "Madame Collins"), Stanley Harrison , Elsa Lanchester, Paul Longuet (as "Jim Medland"), Cicely Oates (as "Annie Marble"), Lionel Pape (as "Dr. Atkinson"), Horace Sinclair (as "A Prospective Tenant"), Malcolm Soltan (as "Bert Bricketts"), S. Victor Stanley (as "Hammond/Charlie Hammond"). Produced by Gilbert Miller.

(1932) Stage: Appeared in (as "Hercule Poirot") / directed "The Fatal Alibi" on Broadway. Written by Michael Morton, from "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" by Agatha Christie. American audience adaptation by John Anderson. Booth Theatre: 8 Feb 1932-1 Mar 1932 (24 performances). Cast: Jane Bramley, Lawrence H. Cecil (as "Inspector Davies"), Andree Corday (as "Margot"), Edward Crandall (as "Geoffrey Raymond"), Lowell Gilmore (as "Capt. Ralph Paton"), Kenneth Hunter (as "Maj. Blunt"), Moffat Johnston (as "Dr. Sheppard"), A.C. Fotheringham-Lysons (as "Mr. Hammond"), Lionel Pape (as "Sir Roger Ackroyd"), Donald Randolph (as "Parker"), Effie Shannon (as "Mrs. Ackroyd"), Helen Vinson (as "Caryl Sheppard"; final Broadway role), Jane Wyatt (as "Flora"). Produced by Jed Harris. NOTE: Laughton would leave Broadway after this production for films for 15 years.

(1947) Stage: Translated / appeared (as "Galileo") in "Galileo", produced on Broadway. Music by Hanns Eisler. Written by Bertolt Brecht. Lyrics by Albert Brush. Choreographed by Lotte Goslar. Directed by Joseph Losey. Maxine Elliott's Theatre: 7 Dec 1947-14 Dec 1947 (6 performances). Cast: Wesley Addy (as "Old Cardinal"), Capt. Sidney Bassler (as "Sen. I" / "A Monk"), Leonard Bell (as "A Monk"), Harris Brown (as "Ballad Singer"), Frank Campanella (as "Sen. II" / "A Scholar"), Mary Grace Canfield (as "Elderly Lady"), John Carradine (as "Inquisitor"), Michael Citro, Taylor Graves, Don Hamner (as "Little Monk"), Pitt Herbert (as "Supporting Monk"), Harry Hess (as "Lord Chamberlain"), Werner Klemperer (as "Infuriated Monk"), Rusty Lane (as "Barbarini"), Richard Leone, Iris Mann (as "Ballad Singer's Daughter"), Dwight Marfield (as "Federzoni"), Allen Martin (as "Curtain Boy"), Joan McCracken (as "Virginia"), Earl Montgomery (as "Duke of Florence"; Broadway debut), Elizabeth Moore (as "Ballad Singer's Wife"), Thomas Palmer (as "Philosopher"), Nehemiah Persoff (as "Andrea"), Philip Robinson (as "Matti"), Larry Rosen (as "Prince"), Lawrence Ryle (as "Bellarmin"), Hester Sondergaard (as "Sarti"), Warren Stevens (as "Informer"), Fred Stewart (as "Priuli"), John Straub (as "Sagredo"), Philip Swander (as "Ludovico"), Donald Symington (as "Giuseppi"), Albert Tavares (as "Singer"). Produced by The Experimental Theatre Inc., ANTA (Alfred De Liagre Jr., executive producer. Jean Dalrymple: executive director) and T. Edward Hambleton).

(1951) Stage: Appeared in (as "Devil") / directed "Don Juan in Hell" on Broadway. Comedy. Written by George Bernard Shaw. Stage Manager: William Cottrell. New Century Theatre: 29 Nov 1951-31 Dec 1951 (38 performances). Cast: Charles Boyer (as "Don Juan"), Cedric Hardwicke (as "The Statue"), Agnes Moorehead (as "Donna Ana"). Produced by Paul Gregory. NOTES: (1) After a three-month hiatus, the production staged a return engagement at Broadway's Plymouth Theatre, playing a total of 65 performances. (2) Boyer was presented with a special Tony Award for his performance as Don Juan. (3) The production was recorded and released as a long-playing record.

(1952) Stage: Directed / appeared (as "Devil") in "Don Juan in Hell" on Broadway. Comedy [return engagement]. Written by George Bernard Shaw. Stage Manager: Robert Gist. Plymouth Theatre: 6 Apr 1952-24 May 1952 (66 performances). Cast: Charles Boyer (as "Don Juan"), Cedric Hardwicke (as "The Statue"), Agnes Moorehead (as "Donna Ana"). Produced by Paul Gregory.

(1953) Stage: Adapted book for / directed "John Brown's Body" on Broadway. Drama. Written by Stephen Vincent Benet. Music by Walter Schumann. New Century Theatre: 14 Feb 1953-11 Apr 1953 (65 performances). Cast: Judith Anderson, Raymond Massey, Tyrone Power Jr., Joe Baker, Betty Benson, Roy D. Berk, Stephen Considine.

(1954) Stage: "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial" on Broaday. Drama. Written by Herman Wouk, based on his novel. Plymouth Theatre: 20 Jan 1954-22 Jan 1955 (415 performances). Cast: Henry Fonda (as "Lt. Barney Greenwald"), John Hodiak (as "Lt. Stephen Maryk"), Lloyd Nolan (as "Lt. Cmdr. Philip Francis Queeg"), Russell Hicks (as "Capt. Blakely"), Herbert Anderson (as "Dr. Bird"), Larry Barton (as "Member of the Court"), Paul Birch (as "Capt. Randolph Southard"), James Garner (billed as Jim Bumgarner; as "Member of the Court"), Stephen Chase (as "Dr. Forrest Lundeen"), Richard Farmer (as "Member of the Court"), Eddie Firestone (as "SM3 Junius Urban"), Robert Gist (as "Lt. Thomas Keefer"), John Huffman (as "Stenographer"), T.H. Jourdan (as "Member of the Court"), Charles Nolte (as "Lt. (j.g.) Willis Seward Keith"), Richard Norris (as "Member of the Court"), Ainslie Pryor (as "Lt. Cmdr. John Challee"), Greg Roman (as "Orderly"), Pat Waltz (as "Member of the Court"). Produced by Paul Gregory. NOTE: Filmed as The Caine Mutiny (1954).

(1955) Stage: Produced (w/Paul Gregory) "3 for Tonight [A Diversion in Song and Dance]" on Broadway. Musical revue. Original Music by Walter Schumann. Special Material / Lyrics by Robert Wells. Music arranged by Nathan Scott. Additional music by Jester Herston ("In That Great Gettin Up Mornin") and Jack Norworth ("By the Light of the Silvery Moon" and "Shine on, Harvest Moon"). Directed by Gower Champion. Plymouth Theatre: 6 Apr 1955-1 Jun 1955 (85 performances). Cast: Harry Belafonte (as "Performer"), Betty Benson (as "Performer"), Gower Champion (as "Performer"), Marge Champion (as "Performer"), Walter Schumann (as "Impressions" / "Recorded Voices"), Hiram Sherman (as "Story Teller"), Robert Brink (as "Chorus"), Andrew Case (as "Chorus"), Gina Christen (as "Chorus"), Diane Doxee (as "Chorus"), Elaine Drew (as "Chorus"), Joyce L. Foss (as "Chorus"), Dorothy Gill (as "Chorus"), Nancy Harp (as "Chorus"), Jimmy Harris (as "Chorus"), Mark Karl (as "Chorus"), Jerry Madison (as "Chorus"), Robert Miller (as "Chorus"), Ned Romero (as "Chorus"), Jack Steele (as "Chorus"), Brad Thomas (as "Chorus"), Robert Trevis (as "Chorus"), Karen Vonne (as "Chorus"), Richard Wessler (as "Chorus").

(1956) Stage: Appeared in "Major Barbara" on Broadway. Comedy (revival).

(????) Stage: Appeared (as "Ficsur"; known in other productions as The Buzzard, Alfred, or the Sparrow) in the first London production of Ferenc Molnár's "Liliom" (in "Carousel", the musical version of "Liliom", Ficsur is renamed Jigger Craigin).

(1932) Stage: Appeared (as "Hercule Poirot") in both the London and New York productions of "Alibi", the first play based on an Agatha Christie novel. NOTE: Filmed as Alibi (1931).

(9/22/52) Radio: Appeared on "Suspense, episode 479" in the dramatization of "Jack Ketch". The story of a despised hangman in 17th-century London.

(1933-34) Stage: Appeared in William Shakespeare's play, "The Tempest," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with 'Elsa Lanchester (I)' (as "Ariel"), Marius Goring (as "Alonso"), James Mason (as "Francisco"), Evan John (as "Gonzalo"), Desmond Walter-Ellis (as "Adrian"), Dennis Arundell (as "Antonio"), Ernest Hare (as "Sebastian"), Ursula Jeans, Flora Robson, Roger Livesey, Peter Copley and Thorley Walters in the cast. Tyrone Guthrie was director / producer.

(1933-34) Stage: Appeared in Anton Chekhov's play, "The Cherry Orchard" at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England, with Elsa Lanchester (as "Charlotta Ivanovna"), Marius Goring (as "Epihodov"), Barbara Wilcox (as "Dunyasha"), James Mason (as "Yasha"), Athene Seyler, Ursula Jeans, Flora Robson, Roger Livesey and Leon Quartermaine in the cast. Tyrone Guthrie was director / producer.

(1933-34) Stage: Appeared in William Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure" at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England, with Flora Robson, Ursula Jeans, Roger Livesey, James Mason, Athene Seyler, Elsa Lanchester and Marius Goring in the cast. Tyrone Guthrie was director.

(1933-34) Stage: Appeared in Oscar Wilde's play, "The Importance of Being Earnest," at the Old Vic Theatre and Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, England, with Flora Robson, Ursula Jeans, Roger Livesey, James Mason, Athene Seyler and Elsa Lanchester in the cast. Tyrone Guthrie was director.

(1933-34) Stage: Appeared in "Love for Love," at the Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, England, with Flora Robson, Ursula Jeans, Roger Livesey, James Mason, Athene Seyler, Elsa Lanchester and Marius Goring in the cast. Tyrone Guthrie was director.

(1933-34) Stage: Appeared in William Shakespeare's play "Macbeth," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England, with Flora Robson, Roger Livesey, James Mason, Athene Seyler, Marius Goring and Nigel Stock (as "Boy") in the cast. Tyrone Guthrie was director.

(1933-34) Stage: Appeared in William Shakespeare's play "Henry VIII," at the Old Vic Theatre and Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, England, with Flora Robson, Robert Farquarson, Nicholas Hannen, Ursula Jeans, Roger Livesey, James Mason, Athene Seyler, Elsa Lanchester, Marius Goring and Leon Quartermaine in the cast. Tyrone Guthrie was director.

(1933-34) Stage: Appeared in the Old Vic Season at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England, with Flora Robson, Ursula Jeans, Roger Livesey, James Mason, Athene Seyler, Elsa Lanchester, Marius Goring and Leon Quartermaine in the cast. Tyrone Guthrie was director.

(8/18/59) Stage: Appeared in William Shakespeare's play "King Lear," at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford, England, with Albert Finney (as "Edgar"), Ian Holm (as "Fool"), Anthony Nicholls, Peter Woodthorpe, Cyril Luckham, Robert Hardy, Stephanie Bidmead, Angela Baddeley, Zoe Caldwell, Julian Glover, Paul Hardwick and Diana Rigg in the cast. Glen Byam Shaw was director.

(6/2/59) Stage: Appeared in William Shakespeare's play "A Midsummer's Night Dream," at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford, England, with Robert Hardy, Mary Ure, 'Albert Finney (I)', Ian Holm, Vanessa Redgrave and Diana Rigg in the cast. Peter Hall was director.

(1959) Stage: Appeared in the Stratford Theatre Festival at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford, England, with Paul Robeson, Laurence Olivier, Edith Evans, Sam Wanamaker, Harry Andrews, 'Albert Finney (I)', Robert Hardy, Mary Ure, Ian Holm, Edward de Souza, Vanessa Redgrave, Angela Baddeley and Diana Rigg in the cast. Glen Byam Shaw was director.

(2/19/50) Radio: Appeared in a "Theater Guild on the Air" production of John Van Druten's "The Druid Circle", also starring Burgess Meredith and Susan Douglas.

(3/8/43) Radio: Appeared (as "Rear Adm. Stephen Thomas") in a "Screen Guild Theater" production of "Stand By for Action".

(12/21/43) Radio: Appeared in an episode of "The Burns and Allen Show".

(1959). Spoken-Word Album: "Readings from the Bible" (Brunswick Records).

(1962). Spoken-Word Album: 2-LP set on Capitol Records of "The Storyteller", a collection of dramatic readings from his one-man shows on the stage. A portion of this album is annually broadcast on NPR every Thanksgiving, but the album has, as of 2005, apparently not yet appeared on CD, despite the fact that it won a Grammy in 1962.

(1944) Spoken-Word Album: Narrated a 78-RPM version of Charles Dickens' "Mr. Pickwick's Christmas" (from the novel "The Pickwick Papers"), for Decca Records. This recording was subsequently issued on LP, on the reverse side of Ronald Colman's recording of "A Christmas Carol", and has become a classic.

(3/15/44) Radio: Appeared on "Orson Welles' Almanac".

(1/27/49) Radio: Appeared (as "William Marble") on a "Theatre Guild on the Air" broadcast of "Payment Deferred".

(5/12/46) Radio: Appeared (as "William Marble" on a "Theatre Guild on the Air" broadcast of "Payment Deferred".

(12/16/43) Radio: "Suspense", Episode 70 "Wet Saturday"

(8/5/48) Radio: "Suspense", Episode 301 "An Honest Man"

(2/17/49) Radio: "Suspense", Episode 327 "De Mortuis"

(11/23/44) Radio: "Suspense", Episode 119 "The Fountain Plays"

(5/18/43) Radio: "Suspense", Episode 42 "The ABC Murders"

(9/29/49) Radio: "Suspense", Episode 352 "Blind Date"

(5/17/54) Radio: "Suspense", Episode 552 "Revenge of Captain Bligh"

(8/10/44) Radio: "Suspense", Episode 104 "The Man Who Knew How"

(9/17/51) Radio: "Suspense", Episode 439 "Neal Cream, Doctor of Poison"

(4/30) Stage: Appeared (as "Tony Perelli") in "On the Spot" by Edgar Wallace. Wyndham's Theatre, London, over 300 performances.

(October 29 to November 29, 1964) He adapted Bertolt Brecht's play, "Galileo," at The Arena Stage Theatre in Washington D.C. with Dana Elcar (Galileo), Ned Beatty, Robert Prosky, Rene Auberjonois, Glenn Scimonelli, Robert Stattel, Anne Chodoff, Russell T. Carr, William Jay Smith, Mel Zimmer, Tom Henry Heiman, Morris Engle, James Kenny, John Milligan, Gene Gross, Arnette Jens, George Ebeling, Anthony Zerbe, Don Scimonelli, Alan Oppenheimer, Katherine Justice, Ted D'Arms, Robert Chambers, David Wade Smith, Ronny Cox, John McQuade, Mara Lane, Louise Whitney, Jonathan Eisenberg, Tim Burnham, Douglas Dembling and Stephen Ripley in the cast. Charles Gross was composer. Robin Wagner was set designer. Marianna Elliott was costume designer. Sarah Manno was choreographer. Edwin Sherin was director.

(October 17 to November 23, 1980) His translation of Bertolt Brecht's play, "Galileo," was performed at The Arena Stage Theatre in Washington D.C. Martin Fried was director.


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