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  • Originated the role of "Sir" in the musical comedy "The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd."
  • "General Motors Fiftieth Anniversary Show" (17 November 1957), as himself
  • "Prudential Family Theater" (1950), as Marmaduke Ruggles (ep. 'Ruggles of Red Gap (2/27/51)')
  • Narrated an album set of the complete "Alice in Wonderland", for Riverside Records.
  • Delightfully read and sang Lewis Carroll's "Alice In Wonderland" on a Riverside label (now defunct) audio recording, recorded in New York City in the spring and summer, 1957. This was directed by Barret Clark with the original music by Alec Wilder. Readings recorded at WOR-Mutual Studios, and the music was recorded at Reeves Sound Studios. Cyril Ritchard appears through the courtesy of Caedmon Records.
  • (1950) He acted in Arthur Wing Pinero's play, "The Schoolmistress," at the Saville Theatre in London, England with Fred Emney and Madge Elliott in the cast.
  • Everybody Loves Opal (1961). Comedy. Written by John Patrick. Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner. Costume Design by Noel Taylor. Lighting Design by Jo Mielziner. Associated with Designer to Mr. Mielziner: Richard Casler. Assistant Scenic Design: Aristides Gazetas. Assistant to Mr. Taylor: George Sullivan. Directed by Cyril Ritchard. Longacre Theatre: 11 Oct 1961- 28 Oct 1961 (21 performances). Cast: Eileen Heckart (as "Opal"), Donald Harron, Stubby Kaye (as "Solomon"), James Coco (as "Doctor"), John Napier, Mister Tanner, Brenda Vaccaro (as "Gloria"). Produced by Roger L. Stevens. Produced in association with Seven Arts Productions.
  • (1953) Stage Play: Misalliance. Comedy (revival). Written by George Bernard Shaw. Production Supervised by Lemuel Ayers. Scenic Design by John Boyt. Directed by Cyril Ritchard. Ethel Barrymore Theatre: 6 Mar 1953- 27 Jun 1953 (130 performances). Cast: Tamara Geva (as "Lina Szczepanowska") [final Broadway role], Barry Jones (as "John Tarleton"), Richard Kiley (as "Joey Percival, an aviator"), Roddy McDowall (as "Bentley Summerhays"), Dorothy Sands (as "Mrs. Tarleton"), William Redfield (as "Johnny Tarleton"), Jan Farrand (as "Hypatia Tarleton"), Jerome Kilty (as "Gunner"), Richard Purdy (as "Lord Summerhays"). Replacement cast: Bramwell Fletcher (as "Lord Summerhays"). Produced by New York City Drama Company (Albert Marre: Artistic Director).
  • Make Way for Lucia (1948). Comedy. Written by John Van Druten. Scenic Design by Lucinda Ballard. Costume Design by Lucinda Ballard. Based on the novel by E.F. Benson. Directed by John Van Druten. Cort Theatre: 22 Dec 1948- 15 Jan 1949 (29 performances). Cast: Essex Dane (as "Mrs. Wyse"), Cherry Hardy (as "Grosvenor"), Isabel Jeans (as "Mrs. Emmeline Lucas/Lucia"), Kurt Kasznar (as "Signor Cortese"), Doreen Lang (as "Mrs. Bartlett"), Cyril Ritchard (as "Georgie Pillson"), Viola Roache (as "Godiva Plaistow"), Ivan Simpson (as "Mr. Wyse"), Guy Spaull (as "Rev. Kenneth Bartlett"), Philip Tonge (as "Major Benjamin Flint"), Catherine Willard. Produced by The Theatre Guild, Lawrence Langner, Theresa Helburn and Armina Marshall Langner.
  • (1958) Stage Play: The Pleasure of His Company (1958). Comedy. Written by Samuel Taylor. Written in collaboration with Cornelia Otis Skinner. Directed by Cyril Ritchard. Longacre Theatre (moved to The Music Box Theatre from 15 Jun 1959- close): 22 Oct 1958- 21 Nov 1959 (474 performances). Cast: Cyril Ritchard (as "Biddeford Poole"), Charles Ruggles (as "Mackenzie Savage"), Cornelia Otis Skinner (as "Katharine Dougherty"), Walter Abel (as "Jim Dougherty"), Dolores Hart (as "Jessica Poole") [Nominated for Tony Award as Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Musical], George Peppard (as "Roger Henderson") [final Broadway role], Jerry Fujikawa (as "Toy"). Understudies: Jeff Killion (as "Roger Henderson/Toy"), Melville Ruick (as "Jim Dougherty/Mackenzie Savage"), Sandy Smith (as "Jessica Poole"), Ann Summers (as "Katharine Dougherty") and Patrick Waddington (as "Biddeford Poole"). Replacement actors [during Longacre Theatre run]: Charles Robinson (as "Roger Henderson"). [during Music Box Theatre run]: None. Produced by Frederick Brisson and The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson, S.N. Behrman, Elmer Rice, Robert E. Sherwood, Sidney Howard). Note: Music Box Theatre Owned and operated by Irving Berlin who had no direct involvement in production.
  • (1962) Stage Play: Romulus. Written by Friedrich Dürrenmatt. Book adapted by Gore Vidal. Directed by Joseph Anthony. Music Box Theatre: 10 Jan 1962- 10 Mar 1962 (69 performances). Cast: Cyril Ritchard (as "Romulus"), Howard Da Silva (as "Ottaker"), Cathleen Nesbitt (as "Julia"), Russell Collins (as "Achilles"), Francis Compton (as "Pyramus"), Drew Elliot, George S. Irving, Graham Jarvis (as "Apollonius"), William LeMassena, Allan Miller, Earl Montgomery, Michael O'Reilly, James Olson (as "Titus"), Suzanne Osborne, Jim Oyster, Edwin Sherin, Fred Stewart (as "Otto Rupf"), Dolph Sweet (as "Chef/Second Gothic Soldier"), Ted Van Griethuysen, Harvey Vincent. Produced by Roger L. Stevens, in association with Henry Guettel. Associate Producers: Lyn Austin and Victor Samrock. Note: Theatre owned and operated by Irving Berlin [who had no direct involvement in production] and J.J. Shubert.
  • Puzzles of 1925 (1925). Musical revue. Book by Elsie Janis. Directed by Elsie Janis. Fulton Theatre: 2 Feb 1925- May 1925 (closing date unknown/104 performances). Cast: Dorothy Appleby, Blair & Co., Helen Broderick, The Commanders Band, Cortez and Peggy, Lester Crawford, George Hale, William Holbrook, Jimmy Hussey, Dorothy Irving, Irma Irving, Elsie Janis, Helen McDonald, O'Donnel, Walter Pidgeon [Broadway debut], Cyril Ritchard [Broadway debut], Janet Stone, Shirley Vernon. Produced by Charles B. Dillingham.
  • (1948) He acted in John Vanbrugh's play, "The Relapse," at the Phoenix Theatre in London, England with Paul Scofield and Madge Elliott in the cast. Anthony Quayle was director.
  • (1926) He acted in Archibald De Bear and Norman O'Neill's revue, "R.S.V.P," at the Vaudeville Theatre in London, England with Robert Hale, Joyce Barbour, Enid Stamp-Taylor, Mimi Crawford, J.H. Roberts, Quentin Tod, and Annie Kasmir in the cast.
  • (1942) He performed in Herbert Farjeon's revue, "Big Top," at the His Majesty's Theatre in London, England with Beatrice Lillie and Fred Emney in the cast.
  • (1945) He performed in Noel Coward's revue, "Sigh No More," at the Piccadilly Theatre in London, England with Madge Elliott, Joyce Grenfell, Graham Payn, and Mantovanni and his Orchestra in the cast.
  • (1953) He performed in William Chappell's revue, "High Spirits," at the London Hippodrome in London, England with Diana Churchill in the cast.
  • (1945) He acted in Johann Strauss and Eric Wolfgang Korngold's musical, "Gay Rosalinda," at the Palace Theatre in London, England with Irene Ambrus, Ruth Naylor, Trevor Glynn, and Jay Laurier in the cast. Richard Tauber conducted the Symphony Orchestra. Leontine Sagan was director.
  • (1975) Stage Play: A Musical Jubilee. Musical revue. Written by Max Wilk [final Broadway credit]. Devised by Marilyn Clark and Charles Burr. Musical Director: John Lesko. Dance arrangements and musical continuity by Trude Rittman. Music orchestrated by Philip J. Lang, Hershy Kay and Elman Anderson. Musical Supervisor: Lehman Engel [final Broadway credit]. Choreographed by Robert Tucker. Assistant Choreographer: Steven Boockvor. Scenic Design by Herbert Senn and Helen Pond. Costume Design by Donald Brooks. General Manager: Victor Samrock. Directed by Morton DaCosta. St. James Theatre: 13 Nov 1975- 1 Feb 1976 (92 performances + 2 previews that began on 12 Nov 1975). Cast: Lillian Gish (as "Performer") [final Broadway credit], Tammy Grimes (as "Performer"), Larry Kert (as "Performer"), Patrice Munsel (as "Performer"), John Raitt (as "Performer"), Cyril Ritchard (as "Performer"), Dick Shawn (as "Performer"), Steven Boockvor (as "Performer"), Eric Brotherson (as "Performer"), Marcia Brushingham (as "Performer"), Igors Gavon (as "Performer"), David King (as "Performer"), Jeanne Lehman (as "Performer"), Bettye Malone (as "Performer"), Estella Munson (as "Performer"), Nana (as "Performer"), Julie Pars (as "Performer"), Dennis Perren (as "Performer"), Leland Schwantes (as "Performer") [final Broadway role], Craig Yates (as "Performer"). Understudies: Eric Brotherson (as "Performer"), Marcia Brushingham (Performer), Igors Gavon (as "Performer"), David King (as "Performer"), Jeanne Lehman (as "Performer"), Estella Munson (as "Performer") and Craig Yates (as "Performer"). Replacement cast: Courtney Pledger (as "Performer"). Swings: Tom Offt, Sharon Talbot. Produced by The Theatre Guild and Jonathan Conrow. Associate Producer: Merle D. King.
  • (1951) Stage Play: Buy Me Blue Ribbons. Comedy. Written by Sumner Locke Elliott. Stage Manager: Allen Collins. Assistant Stage Mgr: Eugene Stuckmann. Directed by Cyril Ritchard. Empire Theatre: 17 Oct 1951- 27 Oct 1951 (13 performances). Cast: Philippa Bevans (as "Nurse Fiske"), Audrey Christie (as "Liz Kendall"), Vicki Cummings (as "Camilla Ransome"), Gavin Gordon (as "Victor Hatfield"), Kate Harrington (as "Maude"), Jack Hartley (as "Alvin Sable"), Cynthia Latham (as "Norma Cusack"), Enid Markey (as "Daisy Sable"), Wells Richardson (as "Professor Oscar Nimrod"), Jay Robinson (as "Jordan Sable"). Produced by Jay Robinson.
  • (1963) Stage Play: The Irregular Verb to Love. Written by Hugh Williams and Margaret Williams. Directed by Cyril Ritchard. Ethel Barrymore Theatre: 18 Sep 1963- 28 Dec 1963 (115 performances + 2 previews that began on 15 Sep 1963). Cast: Margot Bennett (as "Fedra"), Roger C. Carmel (as "Mr. Andrikos"), Claudette Colbert (as "Hedda Rankin"), Robert Drivas (as "Andrew Rankin"), Hilda Haynes (as "Mrs. Couter"), Katherine Hays (as "Lucy Beckett"), William Kinsolving (as "Michael Vickers"), Cyril Ritchard (as "Felix Rankin"). Produced by Alfred De Liagre Jr. Produced in association with Orrin Christy Jr.
  • (1952) He acted in George Bernard Shaw's play, "The Millionairess," at the New Theatre in London, England with Katharine Hepburn, Robert Helpmann, Meriel Forbes, and Nora Nicholson in the cast. Michael Benthall was director.
  • (1959) Stage Play: Look After Lulu. Comedy. Written by Noël Coward. Based on "Occupe-toi d'Amelie" by Georges Feydeau. Scenic Design by Cecil Beaton. Costume Design by Cecil Beaton. Lighting Design by Raymond Sovey. Hair Design by Ernest Adler. Directed by Cyril Ritchard. Henry Miller's Theatre: 3 Mar 1959- 4 Apr 1959 (39 performances). Cast: John Alderman (as "Cornette"), George Baker (as "Philippe de Croze"), Bill Berger (as "Emile"), Philippa Bevans (as "Aunt Gabrielle"), Eric Christmas (as "Gigot"), Ina Beth Cummins (as "Little Girl"), David Faulkner (as "Florist Boy"), Grace Gaynor (as "Paulette"), Jack Gilford (as "Herr Van Putzeboum"), William Griffis (as "Photographer"), Tammy Grimes (as "Lulu d'Arville"), Rory Harrity (as "Bomba"), Craig Huebing (as "Valery"), David Hurst (as "Inspector of the Police"), Kurt Kasznar (as "Prince of Salestria"), Barbara Loden (as "Gaby"), Arthur Malet (as "Mayor of the District"), Roddy McDowall (as "Marcel Blanchard"), Earl Montgomery (as "Oudatte"), Ellis Rabb (as "General Koschnadieff"), Reva Rose (as "Rose"), Polly Rowles (as "Claire"), Paul Smith (as "Adonis"), David Thurman (as "Florist Boy"), Sasha von Scherler (as "Yvonne"). Produced by The Playwright's Company (Maxwell Anderson, S.N. Behrman, Elmer Rice, Robert E. Sherwood, Sidney Howard), Gilbert Miller, Lance Hamilton and Charles Russell.
  • (1971) He acted in Cornelia Otis Skinner and Samuel A. Taylor's play, "The Pleasure of His Company," at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts with Maureen O'Sullivan in the cast.
  • (1964) He acted in Hugh and Margaret Williams' play, "The Irregular Verb to Love," at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts with Cornelia Otis Skinner in the cast.
  • (March 17, 1958) He acted in Gore Vidal's play, "Visit to the Small Planet," at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • (March 28, 1960) He acted in Cornelia Otis Skinner and Samuel A. Taylor's play, "The Pleasure of His Company," at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio with Leo G. Carroll and Cornelia Otis Skinner in the cast.
  • (April 12, 1965) He acted in the musical, "The Roar of the Greasepaint--The Smell of the Crowd, "at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio with Anthony Newley, Sally Smith, Joyce Jillison, Gilbert Price, George Hirose, Murray Tannenbaum, Rawley Bates, Lori Browne, Lori Cesar, Jill Choder, Gloria Chu, Kay Cole, Marlene Dell, Boni Enten, Mitzi Feinn, Pamela Gruen, Linda Rae Hager, Cyndi Howard, Laura Michaels, Debbie Palmer, and Heather Taylor in the cast. Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley wrote the book, music, and lyrics. Sean Kenny was set designer. Freddy Wittop was costume designer. Gillian Lynne was choreographer. Anthony Newley was also director. David Merrick was producer.
  • (1963) He acted and directed Hugh and Margaret Williams' play, "The Irregular Verb to Love," at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey with Claudette Colbert and Cyril Ritchard in the cast.
  • (August 1964) He acted in Hugh and Margaret Williams' play, "The Irregular Verb to Love," at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine with Cornelia Otis Skinner in the cast.

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