The Amorous Prawn

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The Amorous Prawn is a play by Anthony Kimmins [1] (1901-1964).

The original text

A British light comedy about an Army general who has fallen upon hard times and his wife, who hits upon a scheme to raise some quick cash. She opens her husband's highland headquarters to visiting salmon fishermen, a circumstance that displeases the general when several of those anglers turn out to be handsome young men.

Written and first produced at New Theatre, Oxford (12th – 17th October 1959). The text published by Samuel French.

Translations and adaptations

Made into a film called The Amorous Prawn[2], directed by author Kimmel in 1962 (known as The Amorous Mr. Prawn, and retitled The Playgirl and the War Minister in America).

Also adapted as a novel by the author.

Performance history in South Africa

1961: Performed at the Alexander Theatre in September, directed by Victor Melleney with a cast that included Joe Stewardson, Patricia Gill, Diane Wilson, Joan Blake, Simon Swindell, Jimmy Asser, Pip Flood-Murphy, Gabriel Bayman, Ronald Wallace, Webster Booth and Norman Kelly-Herde.


The Alexander Theatre programme of The Amorous Prawn, ESAT Archives (September, 1961, No. 154).

The Amorous Prawn theatre programme and photographs held by NELM.

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