The Heiress

Drama - Original

Biltmore Theatre

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  • Opening Date: September 29, 1947
  • Closing Date: September 18, 1948
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 410

Playwright: Augustus Goetz, Ruth Goetz


Plain Catherine Sloper, who lives a spinster's life with her unloving father and eccentric aunt, is courted by the dashing Morris Townsend, seemingly for love and not for money, in this adaptation of the Henry James novel Washington Square.


Opening Night Cast

Basil Rathbone Dr. Austin Sloper
Wendy Hiller Catherine Sloper
Patricia Collinge Lavinia Penniman
Peter Cookson Morris Townsend
Betty Linley Mrs. Montgomery
Katharine Raht Elizabeth Almond
Craig Kelly Arthur Townsend
Fiona O'Shiel Maria
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Ruth Goetz Writer
  Augustus Goetz Writer
  Jed Harris Director
  Raymond Sovey Scenic Design
  Mary Percy Schenck Costume Design
  Rube Bernstein Manager
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Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1948 Actor in a Play Basil Rathbone Winner
1948 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Mary Percy Schenck Winner
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