Tea and Sympathy

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Tea and Sympathy is a play in three acts by Robert Anderson (1917–2009)[1].

The original text

A play about a male private school student, Tom Lee, who faces accusations of homosexuality, it was first produced on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on September 30, 1953 by The Playwrights' Company, directed by Elia Kazan. The text was published by Random House in 195*.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1954: produced by Taubie Kushlick and starred Margaret Inglis, John Templer and Brian Bell in 1954.

1961: Produced by the Port Elizabeth Shakespearean Festival with The Lark.




Percy Tucker. 1997. Just the Ticket. My 50 Years in Show Business. Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press: p. 67.

The Port Elizabeth Shakespearean Festival, An appreciation and a tribute. By John Hamber - undated but believed to be 1982.


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