Never Too Late

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Never Too Late is a musical comedy by Sumner Arthur Long (1921-1993)[1].

Not to be confused with the various stage adaptations of the novel It Is Never Too Late To Mend (1856) by Charles Reade

The original text

A popular Broadway musical comedy, which opened in New York in 1962 and ran to 1965.

Performance history in South Africa

1964: Performed at the Johannesburg Civic, having been brought to the country by Hymie Udwin’s Theatre International. Directed by Elaine Perry with American actors Nancy Coleman, Roland Winters, Helen Lewis, James Kirkwood and Nancy Donohue. The play also starred South African actors George Corelin, Kenneth Baker, Derek Lyndon and Brett Bayliss. Probably with sets designed by Anthony Farmer, since the NELM archives has two watercolour sketches of the sets for the play (one incompletely painted, with an inscription addressed to Farmer by James Kirkwood on one of them).


Percy Tucker. 1997. Just the Ticket. My 50 Years in Show Business. Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press: p.193.

The Rand Daily Mail, 4 May 1964.

NELM archives (Collection: FARMER, Anthony: 2007. 18. 3. 23). (Two watercolour sketches of stage set designs for Never Too Late)

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