Play - Original

Music Box Theatre

Data not verified
  • First Preview: October 28, 1976
  • Opening Date: November 28, 1976
  • Closing Date: April 3, 1977
  • Previews: 39
  • Performances: 145

Playwright: Trevor Griffiths


A group of aspiring comedians tries out in a club, before a regular audience and an agent, with varying degrees of success.


Opening Night Cast

Milo O'Shea Eddie Waters
John Lithgow in Comedians John Lithgow Ged Murray
Jonathan Pryce in Comedians Jonathan Pryce Gethin Price
Rex Robbins in Comedians Rex Robbins Bert Challenor
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Trevor Griffiths Writer
Mike Nichols Mike Nichols Director
  John Gunter Scenic Design
  John Gunter Costume Design
  Ron Wallace Lighting Design
  Seymour Herscher Associate Manager
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Drama Desk Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1977 Outstanding Actor in a Play Jonathan Pryce Nominee
1977 Outstanding Costume Design John Gunter Nominee
1977 Outstanding Director of a Play Mike Nichols Winner
1977 Outstanding Lighting Design Ron Wallace Nominee
1977 Outstanding New Play (Foreign) Alexander H. Cohen
Gabriel Katzka
Trevor Griffiths
Hildy Parks
Edward L. Schuman
Roy A. Somlyo

Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1977 Theatre World Award Jonathan Pryce Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1977 Direction of a Play Mike Nichols Nominee
1977 Featured Actor in a Play Jonathan Pryce Winner
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