Playboy of the West Indies

Playboy of the West Indies

By Mustapha Matura
Trinidad and Tobabgo. The altar of a Cathedral
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Based on J M Synge’s Playboy of the Western World,Matura's play opened at the Oxford Playhouse in 1984 and subsequently toured the UK finishing at the Tricycle Theatre in London. It has also enjoyed huge success in the United States, most notably at The Court Theatre, Chicago; Arena Stage, Washington; New Jersey and Yale Rep. The Court Theatre Chicago's production was nominated for four Jefferson Awards. There was an extremely successful revival of the play at the Lincoln Center, New York in 1993. Mustapha also wrote the television adaptation, screened on BBC2 in 1985

Original production

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Original Cast:
Joy Richardson Alice
Jackie de Peza Ivy
Frank Singuineau Jimmy
Jim Findley Ken
T Bone Wilson Mac
Mona Hammond Mama Benin
Rudolph Walker Mikey
Joan-Ann Maynard Peggy
Tommy Eytle Phil
Jason Rose Stanley
Production Team:
Nicolas Kent Director
Nicolas Kent Director
Adrianne Lobel Designer
Angela Butterfield Costumes
David Colmer Lighting
Raymond Cross Sound


Title Year Publisher NT Library
Playboy of the West Indies 1982 Oberon Books No


Type Code
Poster Black Cultural Archives, Ephermera/368

Union Catalogue

Link Series Reference Archive Info
Playscript MPS 2211 British Library
Poster BCA/Ephemera/368 Black Cultural Archives