The Cocktail Party

Play - Original

Henry Miller's Theatre

Data not verified
  • First Preview:
  • Opening Date: January 21, 1950
  • Closing Date: January 13, 1951
  • Previews:
  • Performances: 409

Playwright: T.S. Eliot


The guests at a fashionable cocktail party discover that the hostess is missing and a strange guest has taken over her flat, in T.S. Eliot's dissection of London society.


Opening Night Cast

Robert Flemyng Edward Chamberlayne
Alec Guinness in The Cocktail Party Alec Guinness An Unidentified Guest
Cathleen Nesbitt Julia
Donald Bain A Caterer's Man
Grey Blake Peter Quilpe
Ernest Clark Alexander MacColgie Gibbs
Avril Conquest A Nurse - Secretary
Eileen Peel Lavinia Chamberlayne
See Full Opening Night Cast

Opening Night Production Credits

  E. Martin Browne Director
  Raymond Sovey Scenic Design
  Raymond Sovey Lighting Design
  Harry Fleischman General Manager
  Harry Essex Company Manager
  Richard Maney Press Representative
See Full Opening Night Production credits
See More


New York Drama Critics' Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1950 Best Foreign Play T.S. Eliot Winner

Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1950 Outstanding Play   Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1950 Author of a Play T.S. Eliot Winner
1950 Play   Winner
1950 Producer of a Play Gilbert Miller Winner
You are submitting a comment about: The page you are currently on: The Cocktail Party on Broadway - Information, Cast, Crew, Synopsis and Photos - Playbill Vault
The website in general
What are you writing about?
Who are you?
Explain your reason for writing to us