Inherit the Wind

Drama - Original

National Theatre

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  • First Preview:
  • Opening Date: April 21, 1955
  • Closing Date: June 22, 1957
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 806

Playwright: Jerome Lawrence, Robert E. Lee


This courtroom drama is based on the 1925 Scopes "Monkey Trial," in which a Tennessee teacher was charged with teaching that man evolved from apes, instead of state-mandated Creationism. The drama contains a powerful confrontation between a character based on William Jennings Bryan, who believes only what he reads in the Bible, and another based on Clarence Darrow, who defends science and open intellectual inquiry.


Opening Night Cast

Paul Muni Henry Drummond
Ed Begley in Inherit the Wind Ed Begley Matthew Harrison Brady
Tony Randall E. K. Hornbeck
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Opening Night Production Credits

Jerome Lawrence Jerome Lawrence Writer
  Robert E. Lee Writer
  Herman Shumlin Director
  Peter Larkin Scenic Design
  Ruth Morley Costume Design
  Leo Freedman General Press Representative
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Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1955 Outstanding Play   Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1956 Actor in a Play Paul Muni Winner
1956 Direction (pre-1960) Herman Shumlin Nominee
1956 Featured Actor in a Play Ed Begley Winner
1956 Scenic Design (Play or Musical) Peter Larkin Winner
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