Play - Original

St. James Theatre (October 05, 1960 - December 17, 1960)
Royale Theatre (December 19, 1960 - March 25, 1961)
Data not verified
  • First Preview: October 3, 1960
  • Opening Date: October 5, 1960
  • Closing Date: March 25, 1961
  • Previews: 2
  • Performances: 193

Playwright: Jean Anouilh


The relationship between Henry II of England and his childhood friend Thomas Becket changes when Becket becomes Archbishop of Canterbury and challenges the King's power over the Church, in Jean Anouilh's dramatization of real events.


Opening Night Cast

Laurence Olivier in Becket Laurence Olivier Thomas Becket
Anthony Quinn Henry II
Marie Powers The Queen Mother
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Jean Anouilh Writer
  Lucienne Hill Translator
  Peter Glenville Director
  Oliver Smith Scenic Design
  Motley Costume Design
  Jean Rosenthal Lighting Design
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Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1961 Actor in a Play Anthony Quinn Nominee
1961 Costume Design of a Play Motley Winner
1961 Play   Winner
1961 Scenic Design of a Play Oliver Smith Winner
1961 Stage Technician Teddy Van Bemmel Winner
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