PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: MAY 24

By David Gewirtzman
and Robert Viagas, Ernio Hernandez and Anne Bradley
24 May 2014

1925 Godfrey Tearle is Hamlet in the Fellowship Players production at the Prince of Wales Theatre. The Fellowship offers Sunday performances so these employed professionals have the chance to play Shakespeare.



1955 Anna Massey is The Reluctant Debutante at the Cambridge Theatre in London. William Douglas Home's comedy about a spirited deb and her anxious parents, played by Celia Johnson and Wilfrid Hyde White, twirls for 752 performances.

1961 Members of the Dramatists Guild, hoping to ease the financial crisis in New York theatre, agree to take royalty cuts if other personnel will also take cuts in compensation.

1966 Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee work with composer Jerry Herman to make a musical out of Patrick Dennis' book (Mame" target="_blank">and their 1956 play) about life with his auntie. Starring Angela Lansbury, Mame runs for 1,508 performances at the Winter Garden and Broadway Theatres in New York.

2003 Cambridge's American Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere of The Sound of a Voice featuring the words of David Henry Hwang and the music of Philip Glass.

2013 A revival of Athol Fugard's 1989 play My Children! My Africa!, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, opens Off-Broadway at The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center. Allison Gallerani, James A. Williams and Stephen Tyrone Williams star in the drama about young South Africans testing their voices in a time of political unrest.

Today's Birthdays: Arthur Wing Pinero 1855. Robert Hood Bowers 1877. Lilli Palmer 1914. Arvin Brown 1940. Alfred Molina 1953. Nell Campbell 1953. Kristin Scott Thomas 1960. John C. Reilly 1965. Leslie Kritzer 1977.