CARGILL, Patrick and BEALE, Jack

Ring for Catty

N.p. [London]: N.p. [Michael Codron] N.d. [1956]

Theatre playbill, single sheet, 50.6 x 31.8cm, printed on verso only. Light horizontal storage crease, the slight edgewear but with no tears or chipping.

Ring for Catty opened at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, early in 1956; after the try-out, the actor Wallas Eaton was replaced by a young Patrick McGoohan, and the play transferred to the West End later that year.

A mediocre play which made no waves, Ring for Catty nonetheless saw the confluence of three careers which were about to change up through the gears dramatically. William Hartnell was long established at the time of this production, but his incarnation as the first Doctor Who was still ahead of him; Patrick McGoohan, a highly promising young theatre actor, would also achieve TV beatification in the 1960s with Danger Man and The Prisoner. And Ring for Catty was the first play to be produced by Michael Codron. Two years later Codron staged The Birthday Party by the then unknown Harold Pinter, and over the next fifty years went on to produce premieres of work by almost every major British dramatist of the period.

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