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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 (ZoŽ Wanamaker).  It has been kindly provided by ZoŽ.


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.


Pat ... Niall Tobin
Meg ... May Cluskey
Monsewer ... David Blake Kelly
Mulleady ... P.G. Stevens
Miss Gilchrist ... Joan Heal
Leslie Williams ... Anthony May
Teresa ... ZoŽ Wanamaker
IRA Officer ... Joseph Brady
Volunteer ... Michael Harrigan
Rio Rita ... Christopher Martin
Princess Grace ... Jason Rose
Colette ... Jennifer Lee
Ropeen ... Helen Norman
Russian Sailor ... Bill McCabe
Policeman ... Ian Ireland
Pianist ... Robin Park


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


The Hostage was presented by the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, with which ZoŽ 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 ZoŽ to join the Nottingham Playhouse Company, when he became artistic director of its theatre.  She took part in the Playhouseís 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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