The Miracle Worker

Drama - Original

Playhouse Theatre

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  • Opening Date: October 19, 1959
  • Closing Date: July 1, 1961
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 719

Playwright: William Gibson


This family drama is based on the true story of a young deaf and blind girl, Helen Keller, and her dedicated teacher Annie Sullivan, who struggles to reach into Helen's isolation and bring her into contact with the outside world.


Opening Night Cast

Anne Bancroft in The Miracle Worker Anne Bancroft Annie Sullivan
Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker Patty Duke Helen Keller
Dale Ellen Bethea Child
Juanita Bethea Mary
Miriam Butler Martha
Kathleen Comegys Aunt Ev
James Congdon James Keller
Michael Constantine Anagnos
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Opening Night Production Credits

William Gibson William Gibson Writer
Arthur Penn Arthur Penn Director
  George Jenkins Scenic Design
  Ruth Morley Costume Design
  George Jenkins Lighting Design
  Joseph Harris General Manager
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Shows That Opened That Season: 1959 - 1960

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Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1960 Outstanding Play   Winner

Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1960 Theatre World Award Patty Duke Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1960 Actress in a Play Anne Bancroft Winner
1960 Direction of a Play Arthur Penn Winner
1960 Play   Winner
1960 Scenic Design of a Play George Jenkins Nominee
1960 Stage Technician John Walters Winner
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