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After Haggerty

A: David Mercer Pf: 1970, London Pb: 1970 G: Pol. com. in 2 ...

After Haggerty

After Haggerty (1970)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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... Haggerty Author: David Mercer Date/place of 1st performance: 1970 , London Date of 1st publication: 1970 Genre: Pol. com. in 2 acts Setting/time of action: London, Budapest, Moscow, Havana, Prague, Chicago, New York, Long Island, and Yorkshire, 1956–70 Cast: 9m, 5f Bernard Link, an overweight theatre critic of 45 with two failed marriages behind him, has leased a London flat belonging to Haggerty. Haggerty's aggressive separated wife Claire flies from New York to present Haggerty with his baby son Raskolnikov, only to find the alarmed...

Mercer, David

Mercer, David   Reference library

Melissa Dana Gibson

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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...Yorkshire, Mercer became a successful writer of witty yet substantial stage and television plays in the 1960s, often dealing with social alienation and class loyalties. These themes appear in Mercer's first successful play, Ride a Cock Horse ( 1965 ), as well as in After Haggerty ( 1970 ), an ironic comedy in which a theatre critic, lecturing about the British theatrical revolution of 1956 in the face of real, political revolutions, must also confront his offensive working-class father. Mercer specialized in creating vivid, eccentric (and...

Whitelaw, Billie

Whitelaw, Billie   Reference library

The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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2010
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Performing arts, Theatre
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...the Park ( 1960 ), the *revue England, our England ( 1962 ), and *O'Neill 's A Touch of the Poet ( 1962 ). From 1965 she appeared at the *Chichester Festival and the *Old Vic as well as at the *Royal Shakespeare Company where she played Clare in *Mercer 's After Haggerty ( 1971 ). Other successes included Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the RSC in 1987 . Her screen career was extensive, if never of the first order, including roles in Lena, Oh my Lena ( 1960 ), Charlie Bubbles ( 1968 ), The Dressmaker ( 1988 ), Jane...

Mercer, David

Mercer, David   Reference library

The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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2010
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Performing arts, Theatre
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...Yorkshire, Mercer became a successful writer of witty yet substantial stage and television plays in the 1960s, often dealing with social alienation and class loyalties. These themes appear in Mercer's first successful play, Ride a Cock Horse ( 1965 ), as well as in After Haggerty ( 1970 ), an ironic *comedy in which a theatre critic, lecturing about the British theatrical revolution of 1956 in the face of real, political revolutions, must also confront his offensive working-class father. Mercer specialized in creating vivid, eccentric (and...

Finlay, Frank

Finlay, Frank (1926)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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2003
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...Theatre company, where his roles included Willie Mossop in Brighouse 's Hobson's Choice and Iago to Olivier 's Othello ( 1964 ), Giles Corey in Arthur Miller 's The Crucible ( 1965 ), and Joxer Daly in O'Casey 's Juno and the Paycock ( 1966 ). After playing in David Mercer 's After Haggerty ( 1970 ) for the RSC he returned to the National Theatre in De Filippo 's Saturday , Sunday , Monday ( 1973 ) with Joan Plowright . He was later in Osborne 's Watch It Come Down and Howard Brenton 's Weapons of Happiness (both 1976 , for the...

Mercer, David

Mercer, David (1928–80)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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2003
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...play The Governor's Lady . In the same year Peter O'Toole appeared in Ride a Cock Horse as the working-class anti-hero alienated from his background by his success as a writer; it was produced in New York in 1979 . Two further plays, Belcher's Luck ( 1966 ) and After Haggerty ( 1970 ), the latter about a dramatic critic with a sense of professional importence, were produced by the RSC. Michael Hordern played the title-role of Flint (also 1970 ), a lecherous and agnostic clergyman who elopes with a pregnant Irish girl. The eponymous hero of ...

Whitelaw, Billie

Whitelaw, Billie   Reference library

Adrienne Scullion

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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Performing arts, Theatre
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221 words

...the Park ( 1960 ), the revue England, our England ( 1962 ), and O'Neill 's A Touch of the Poet ( 1962 ). From 1965 she appeared at the Chichester Festival and the Old Vic as well as at the Royal Shakespeare Company where she played Clare in David Mercer 's After Haggerty ( 1971 ). More recent successes have included Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the RSC in 1987 . Her screen career has been extensive, if never of the first order, including roles in Lena, Oh my Lena ( 1960 ), Charlie Bubbles ( 1968 ), The Dressmaker (...

Whitelaw, Billie

Whitelaw, Billie (1932)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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2003
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Performing arts, Theatre
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262 words

...in the company's productions of Marston 's The Dutch Courtesan ( 1964 ) and Pinero 's Trelawny of the ‘Wells’ ( 1965 ) at Chichester and as Maggie in Brighouse 's Hobson's Choice at the Old Vic (also 1965 ). She joined the RSC to appear in David Mercer 's After Haggerty ( 1971 ), and in 1975 gave a brilliant performance as the inefficient librarian of a newspaper office in Michael Frayn 's Alphabetical Order . In 1980 , with the RSC again, she played Andromache and Athena in The Greeks , a trilogy based mainly on Euripides , and in ...

Whitelaw, Billie

Whitelaw, Billie (6 June 1932)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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Performing arts, Theatre
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112 words

... ( 1976 ), Happy Days ( 1979 ), Rockaby and Enough ( 1982 ). From 1964 to 1967 she also appeared with the National Theatre in plays as diverse as Othello, Hobson's Choice and Trelawny of the Wells . She has also appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company (e.g. After Haggerty , 1971 ; The Greeks , 1980 ) and in the West End (e.g. Alphabetical Order , 1975 , transfer from Hampstead Theatre). Her many films include Charlie Bubbles ( 1968 ). Her autobiography, Billie Whitelaw – Who He? , appeared in 1995 . David...

Finlay, Frank

Finlay, Frank (6 Aug. 1926)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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Performing arts, Theatre
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141 words

...he played a memorably insidious and softly spoken Iago to Olivier's Othello ( 1964 ). Finlay is much admired for his versatility, equally able to take on major roles in television (these have included Jesus, Hitler and Casanova), in new plays (like Bernard Link in Mercer 's After Haggerty , 1970 , and Sloman in Griffiths ' The Party , 1973 ), and in European classics (he played Peppino in Saturday, Sunday, Monday , 1973 , and Domenico in Filumena , 1978 , both by De Filippo ). Dan...

Mercer, David

Mercer, David (27 June 1928)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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Performing arts, Theatre
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199 words

..., 1963 ) features a dogmatic socialist miner and his son, a left-wing intellectual. His best-known television play, a study of a schizophrenic, is A Suitable Case for Treatment ( 1962 ), later reworked for the cinema as Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment ( 1965 ). After Haggerty ( 1970 ) was his first major critical stage success; it was presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company , which also produced Belcher's Luck ( 1966 ), Cousin Vladimir ( 1978 ) and No Limits to Love ( 1980 ). Other plays include The Buried Man ( 1962 ) and Flint (...

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