The Visit

Drama - Original

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (May 05, 1958 - July 05, 1958)
Morosco Theatre (August 20, 1958 - November 29, 1958)
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  • First Preview:
  • Opening Date: May 5, 1958
  • Closing Date: November 29, 1958
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 189

Playwright: Friedrich Duerrenmatt


A rich, oft-married widow returns to her poor childhood town in central Europe, offering its citizens a billion marks for the life of the man who seduced and abandoned her years ago and is now the town's most respected citizen.


Opening Night Cast

Lynn Fontanne Claire Zachanassian
Alfred Lunt Anton Schill
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Friedrich Duerrenmatt Writer
  Peter Brook Director
  Teo Otto Production Design
  Paul Morrison Supervision & Lighting
  Oscar E. Olesen General Manager
  Harold Kusell Company Manager
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New York Drama Critics' Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1959 Best Foreign Play Friedrich Duerrenmatt Winner

Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1959 Outstanding Play   Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1959 Actor in a Play Alfred Lunt Nominee
1959 Actress in a Play Lynn Fontanne Nominee
1959 Direction (pre-1960) Peter Brook Nominee
1959 Play   Nominee
1959 Scenic Design (Play or Musical) Teo Otto Nominee
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