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Encyclopedia > The Fourposter
Publicity photo for the Broadway production of The Four Poster with, from left to right, director José Ferrer, stars Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn, and playwright Jan de Hartog

The Fourposter is a play by Jan de Hartog. Dutch playwright, novelist and occasional social critic, Jan de Hartogs historical memorial The Hospital (1964), which exposed the horrid conditions of Houstons charity hospital in the 1960s, led to significant reforms of that citys indigent healthcare system. ...

The two-character story spans thirty-five years, from 1890 to 1925, as it focuses on the trials and tribulations, laughters and sorrows, and hopes and disappointments experienced by Agnes and George throughout their marriage. The set consists solely of their bedroom, dominated by the large fourposter bed in the center of the room.

Among the couple's milestones are the consummation of their marriage, the birth of their first child, Michael's success as a writer, his extramarital affair, their daughter's wedding, and their preparations to move to smaller quarters and pass their home on to another newlywed couple.

The Broadway production, directed by José Ferrer, opened on October 24, 1951 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, later moving to the John Golden to complete its 632-performance run. Original cast Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy later were replaced first by Burgess Meredith and Betty Field and then Romney Brent and Sylvia Sidney. It received Tony Awards for Best Play and Best Director. 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. ... José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón (January 8, 1909 – January 26, 1992), was an actor and film director, born in the Santurce district of San Juan, Puerto Rico. ... October 24 is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 68 days remaining. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... The Ethel Barrymore Theatre is located in New York City, on 243 W. 47th St (between 8th Avenue and Broadway). ... The John Golden Theatre is a Broadway theatre. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Jessica Tandy, christened Jessie Alice Tandy (June 7, 1909 – September 11, 1994) was a noted Academy Award-winning English theatre, film and TV actress who became an American citizen. ... Oliver Burgess Meredith (November 16, 1907 – September 9, 1997), known as Buzz, was a versatile American actor and is best known for portraying Rocky Balboas trainer Mickey Goldmill in the Rocky films and The Penguin in the television series Batman. ... Actress Betty Field (1947) photo taken by Carl Van Vechten Betty Field (February 8, 1913 - September 13, 1973) was an American film and stage actress. ... Sylvia Sidney (August 8, 1910 - July 1, 1999) was an American actress. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ...

The partially-animated 1952 film adaptation directed by Irving Reis, which inexplicably altered the title to The Four Poster and changed the characters' names to John and Abby, starred Rex Harrison and Lili Palmer, who won the Venice Film Festival's Volpi Cup for her performance. The film was nominated for both the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Black-and-White Cinematography. Animation is the rapid display of a sequence of images of 2-D artwork or model positions in order to create an illusion of movement. ... Irving Reis (b. ... Sir Reginald Carey Rex Harrison (b. ... Lilli Palmer (with husband Rex Harrison), 1950. ... The Venice Film Festival (it: Mostra Internazionale dArte Cinematografica) is the oldest Film Festival in the World (began in the 1932) and takes place every year in late August/early September on the Lido di Venezia in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi, in Venice, Italy. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ...

Cronyn and Tandy recreated their roles for a July 25, 1955 telecast on the NBC anthology series Producers' Showcase [1]. July 25 is the 206th day (207th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 159 days remaining. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... ANThology is the first major label album by Alien Ant Farm. ...

In 1966, Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt adapted the play for their musical I Do! I Do!. Tom Jones (born in 1928 in Texas) is lyricist of musical theatre, best known for the longest running musical in history, The Fantasticks, which has been running off-Broadway since 1960. ... Harvey Schmidt (born Texas, 1929) is a writer of musical theatre, best known for the longest running musical in history, The Fantasticks, which has been running off-Broadway since 1960. ... The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in history. ... I Do! I Do! is a 1966 Broadway musical based on the Jan de Hartog play The Fourposter with book and lyrics by Tom Jones and Score by Harvey Schmidt. ...

External links

  • Internet Broadway Database listing
  • Internet Movie Database listing

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