The House by the Lake

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The House by the Lake by British playwright Hugh Mills (1906-1971).

Original text

A thriller first produced in 1956 at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London and has since become a staple of amateur dramatics. The main characters are Maurice and Stella, a brother and sister who plot to murder their unlikeable brother, Colin. The other characters include Maurice's wife, Janet, Colin's long-suffering wife, Iris, and Colonel Forbes, a neighbour.

Performance history in South Africa

1957: First performed in South Africa in 1957 by the Johannesburg Reps as its 200th production. Directed by Cecil Williams, starring Sonia Dresdel.

1958: Malcolm Woolfson was involved in a production of this play in 1958.

1963: Presented by the Arts Theatre Club at Gaity Theatre, directed by Merle Tarr.


Doollee: The Playwrights Database [1].

Tucker, 1997. 106.

Material held by NELM: [Collection: WOOLFSON, Malcolm L]: 1999. 113. 13. 17. 7.

Arts Theatre Club archive held by George Mountjoy.

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