Doctor on the Boil

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Doctor on the Boil can refer to any of two stage adaptations based on Richard Gordon's novel.

The original text

Doctor on the Boil is a 1970 comic novel by Richard Gordon (1921-), no 11 in the series of "Doctor"-books, the which tells of more adventures in the life of Sir Lancelot Spratt, who - bored with his retirement - returns to St Swithan's Hospital to resume his work and disturbs almost everyone else there.

The stage adaptations

There seems to have been two plays by this name, the one an adaptation of the novel, the other a new play based on characters from the "Doctor" series of novels.

Doctor on the Boil (Anon)

The text

A stage version of the novel by an unnamed author, probably written in the mid to late 1970s.

Doctor on the Boil by Ted Willis

A comedy in three acts by Ted Willis (1914-1992)[1], this adaptation for the stage presents is based on the novels and explores the antics taking place in a private health clinic dedicated to the revival of flagging libido, and includes all the familiar characters from Richards's novels, including Sir Lancelot Spratt, Doctors Simon Sparrow and Tony Grimsdyke, the formidable Matron and the curvaceous nurse Jill Daines.

The text of this version was published by Samuel French in 1988 and was first produced by Kevin Wood Productions in 1989.

Performance history of both texts in South Africa

1979: Doctor on the Boil (Anon) presented at the Academy Theatre in December 1979, directed by Rex Garner, starring visiting British actor Geoffrey Sumner and a local cast including Brenda Wood, Tina Witkowska and Olive King.


NELM: [Collection: KING, Olive]: 2006. 1. 1. 7.

Tucker, 1997. 375.

The Rand Daily Mail, 16 November 1979.

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