Dear Delinquent

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Dear Delinquent is a play by English writer and playwright Jack Popplewell [1] (1911-1996). Penelope Shawn is a very pretty, very appealing young girl who has a most unusual profession; she's a burglar. Burglary is part of her family's tradition. When David Warren finds her attempting to rob his apartment, he decides it's up to him to reform her. Penelope, who finds David most attractive, is more than willing to be reformed by him, but his fiancee, Helen Chandler, is not particularly enthusiastic about the idea.

The original text

West End premiere at Westminster theatre, 1957, starring David Tomlinson, Anna Massey and Patrick Cargill. Published Evans, 1958.

Published by Dramatists Play Service, ISBN: 9780822202868.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

Presented by the Johannesburg Repertory Players [24.5.1958].


Theatre programme held by NELM: [Collection: ASCH, Valda]: 2005. 65. 1. 1.

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