David Storey, The Contractor

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David Storey (1933-2017) wrote

The Contractor

in “five days” (


, 245). It was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre in London on 20 October 1969, directed by Lindsay Anderson (1923-94). Bill Owen and Constance Chapman, who had played Mr and Mrs Shaw in

In Celebration

, took the roles of Mr and Mrs Ewbank and other notable actors included Philip Stone (1924-2003) as Kay, T.P. McKenna (1929-2011) as Fitzpatrick and John Antrobus (b. 1933) as Glendenning.

Though The Contractor was the third of Storey’s plays to be staged, it was the second he had written after seeing a 1967 production, in the same theatre, of his first play, The Restoration of Arnold Middleton (“Introduction”, Plays: Two, x), an experience that had released a fluent dramatic talent that he had not

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Citation: Tredell, Nicolas. "The Contractor". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 January 2024 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=1187, accessed 04 March 2024.]

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