A Visit to a Small Planet

Comedy - Original

Booth Theatre

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  • First Preview:
  • Opening Date: February 7, 1957
  • Closing Date: January 11, 1958
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 388

Playwright: Gore Vidal


An alien visits Earth hoping to see the Civil War but lands in a 20th-century Virginia family's back yard. He decides to stay even after discovering his mistake and orchestrates a war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union instead.


Opening Night Cast

Cyril Ritchard in A Visit to a Small Planet Cyril Ritchard Kreton
Martyn Green Kreton [Alternate]
Eddie Mayehoff General Tom Powers
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Opening Night Production Credits

Gore Vidal Gore Vidal Writer
Cyril Ritchard Cyril Ritchard Director
  Oliver Smith Scenic Design
Patricia Zipprodt Patricia Zipprodt Costume Supervisor
  Feder Lighting Design
  Masque Sound Engineering Company Sound Design
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Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1957 Actor in a Play Cyril Ritchard Nominee
1957 Featured Actor in a Play Eddie Mayehoff Nominee
1957 Scenic Design (Play or Musical) Oliver Smith Nominee
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