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Encyclopedia > Staircase (play)

Staircase is a two-character play by Charles Dyer about an aging gay couple who own a barber shop in the East End of London. One of them is a part-time actor about to go on trial for propositioning a police officer. The action takes place over the course of one night as they discuss their loving but often volatile past together and possible future without each other. The East End of London, known locally as the East End, is an area, with no formal authority or boundaries, that spans a number of administative districts of London in England. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ...


The playwright named his characters Charles Dyer (after himself) and Harry C. Leeds, which is an anagram of his name. A playwright, also known as a dramatist, is a person who writes dramatic literature or drama. ... Look up Anagram in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


In 1966 it was produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company with Paul Scofield and Patrick Magee. Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is a British theatre company. ... David Paul Scofield, CH, CBE (born 21 January 1922) is a British actor who was born in Hurstpierpoint, Sussex, England. ... Patrick Magee (31 March 1922 – 14 August 1982) was a Tony Award winning Irish actor best known for his collaborations with Samuel Beckett and his role as the victimised writer Mr. ...


The Broadway production directed by Barry Morse opened on January 10, 1968 at the Biltmore Theatre, where it played for 12 previews and 61 performances. Eli Wallach and Milo O'Shea, who was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play, starred. Broadway theatre[1] is the most prestigious form of professional theatre in the U.S., as well as the most well known to the general public and most lucrative for the performers, technicians and others involved in putting on the shows. ... Barry Morse in Space: 1999, 1975 Barry Morse (born June 10, 1918, Shoreditch) is an English actor best known for a number of his television roles. ... January 10 is the 10th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... The Biltmore Theater is a Broadway theatre. ... Eli Herschel Wallach (born December 7, 1915) is an American film, TV and stage actor. ... Milo OShea (born June 2, 1926 in Dublin, Ireland) is a character actor, recognizable for his bushy eyebrows, resounding voice and impish smile. ... The Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play is awarded to the actor who was voted as the best actor in a play, whether a new production or a revival. ...


Film adaptation

Staircase
Directed by Stanley Donen
Produced by Stanley Donen
Written by Charles Dyer
Starring Rex Harrison
Richard Burton
Music by Dudley Moore
Distributed by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Release date(s) 1969
Running time 96 min
Country France
IMDb profile

Dyer adapted his play for a 1969 Twentieth Century-Fox film directed by Stanley Donen. He opened up the script to show the couple's neighborhood, expanded the action to cover a period of ten days, and added characters. Rex Harrison and Richard Burton portrayed the couple and Cathleen Nesbitt and Beatrix Lehmann were featured as their mothers. Stanley Donen (born April 13, 1924) is an American film director and choreographer hailed by David Quinlan as the King of the Hollywood musicals. His most famous work is Singin In The Rain, which he co-directed with Gene Kelly. ... Sir Reginald Carey Rex Harrison (b. ... Richard Burton CBE (November 10, 1925 – August 5, 1984) was a Welsh actor. ... Dudley Stuart John Moore, CBE (April 19, 1935 – March 27, 2002), was an Academy-Award nominated British comedian, actor and musician. ... Related articles FOX Television Network Fox Searchlight Pictures Fox Entertainment Group List of Hollywood movie studios List of movies Variant of current 20th Century Fox logo External links 20th Century Fox Movies official site Twentieth Century Fox is also the punning title of a song by The Doors on their... Related articles FOX Television Network Fox Searchlight Pictures Fox Entertainment Group List of Hollywood movie studios List of movies Variant of current 20th Century Fox logo External links 20th Century Fox Movies official site Twentieth Century Fox is also the punning title of a song by The Doors on their... Stanley Donen (born April 13, 1924) is an American film director and choreographer hailed by David Quinlan as the King of the Hollywood musicals. His most famous work is Singin In The Rain, which he co-directed with Gene Kelly. ... Sir Reginald Carey Rex Harrison (b. ... Richard Burton CBE (November 10, 1925 – August 5, 1984) was a Welsh actor. ... Cathleen Nesbitt, CBE, born on (November 24, 1888 – and died on August 2, 1982) was an British actress of Welsh and Irish extraction. ... Beatrix Lehmann (born 1 July 1903-died 31 July 1979) is a British actress. ...


Because of Great Britain's tax laws, the stars insisted that the film be shot in Paris, which added to the film's budget, already inflated by their salaries ($1 million for Harrison, $1.25 million for Burton). City flag City coat of arms Motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur (Latin: Tossed by the waves, she does not sink) The Eiffel Tower in Paris, as seen from the esplanade du Trocadéro. ...


The film's score was composed by Dudley Moore. Dudley Stuart John Moore, CBE (April 19, 1935 – March 27, 2002), was an Academy-Award nominated British comedian, actor and musician. ...


The film was rated R by the MPAA. Instead of marketing it as the comedy-drama it was, the studio treated it like a camp comedy. It was panned by most critics, including Roger Ebert, who gave it one star in his review and called it "an unpleasant exercise in bad taste . . . [Donen] gives us no warmth, humor or even the dregs of understanding. He exploits the improbable team of Rex Harrison and Richard Burton as a sideshow attraction." [1]. The film was a commercial failure that lost most of its investment. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is a non-profit trade association formed to advance the interests of movie studios. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the baseball player Bert Campaneris, see Bert Campaneris For the bicycle component manufacturer, see Campagnolo The current version of this article or section is written in an informal style and with a personally invested tone. ... Comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humour with an intent to provoke[[ laughter in general). ... Roger Joseph Ebert (June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ...


Rarely seen on television, the film was broadcast by Turner Classic Movies during its June 2007 tribute to gay cinema. It is not available on DVD at the present time. Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a cable television channel featuring commercial-free classic movies, mostly from the Turner Entertainment and Warner Bros. ...


External links

  • IBDb entry
  • IMDb entry
  • TCM history of the film

 
 

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