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The Hostage (1971)

The Hostage


A play by Brendan Behan, performed at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh (winter 1971).


The Hostage image #1

The photo shows Leslie Williams (played by Anthony May) and Teresa (Zoë Wanamaker).  It has been kindly provided by Zoë.


Young Cockney soldier Leslie Williams is captured and held hostage in a Dublin brothel, after a young member of the IRA is sentenced to be hanged in Belfast.  During his captivity, he grows close to fellow orphan Teresa.


Niall Tobin ... Pat

May Cluskey ... Meg

David Blake Kelly ... Monsewer

P.G. Stevens ... Mulleady

Joan Heal ... Miss Gilchrist

Anthony May ... Leslie Williams

Zoë Wanamaker ... Teresa

Joseph Brady ... IRA Officer

Michael Harrigan ... Volunteer

Christopher Martin ... Rio Rita

Jason Rose ... Princess Grace

Jennifer Lee ... Colette

Helen Norman ... Ropeen

Bill McCabe ... Russian Sailor

Ian Ireland ... Policeman

Robin Park ... Pianist


Director: Richard Eyre
Designer: John Halle
Lighting Designer: Andre Tammes


The Hostage was presented by the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, with which Zoë also worked on The Cherry Orchard and Dick Whittington (both 1971).  She then joined the company on the British Council Tour of the Far East, performing in When Thou Art King and The Birthday Party, during the summer of 1972.

Following their productive period with the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Richard Eyre asked Zoë to join the Nottingham Playhouse Company, when he became artistic director of its theatre.  She took part in the Playhouse’s 1975-6 season and speaks warmly of the director, describing him as '[i]ntelligent, funny, sensitive, encouraging and enthusiastic' (see 'Zoe Wanamaker: Nottingham Playhouse Made Me' interview).


The Hostage by Brendan Behan (text)

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