Sweet Bird of Youth
Sweet Bird of Youth

Sweet Bird of Youth (1985)

Sweet Bird of Youth

Sweet Bird of Youth (1959)

Date from

13 May 1985

Date to


No of Performances Unknown
Touring Yes
Language English


Lyric (The), Theatre Royal Plymouth (Est. 1982)


Theatre Royal, Bath (Est. 1805)


Theatre Royal, Brighton (Est. 1807)


Palace Theatre, Manchester (Est. 1891)


Theatre Royal Haymarket (Est. 1821)


Previews: 26, 27, 28/06, 1, 3, 4, 5 and 8/07. Opening night: 9/07. Evening performances at 19:30.

Birmingham Hippodrome (Est. 1899)


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Linked People

Harold Pinter (1930 - 2008)

Creative | Director

Eileen Diss (1931)

Creative | Set Designer

Mick Hughes (1938 - 2018)

Creative | Lighting Designer

Robin Fraser Paye

Creative | Costume Designer

Dominic Muldowney (1952)

Creative | Composer

Joan Washington (1949 - 2021)

Creative | Voice/Dialect Coach

Tennessee Williams

Creative | Playwright

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Chance Wayne (Age: late twenties, Male)

'He's in his late twenties and his face looks slightly older than that' (Sweet Bird of Youth, p. 14).

Performer: Michael Beck (1949)

The Princess Kosmonopolis (Age: Not specified, Female)

Performer: Lauren Bacall (1924 - 2014)

Fly (Age: Not specified, Male)

Performer: Johnny Worthy

George Scudder (Age: thirties, Male)

'about thirty-six or -seven.' (Sweet Bird of Youth, p. 15)

Performer: Colin Reese

Boss Finley (Age: Not specified, Male)

Performer: James Grout (1926 - 2012)

Hatcher (Age: late twenties, Male)

Referred to as Dan Hatcher in play text. '[A]bout CHANCE'S age' (Sweet Bird of Youth, p. 98).

Performer: Michael Shevelew

Tom Junior (Age: Not specified, Male)

Performer: Simon Rouse (1951)

Aunt Nonnie (Age: Not specified, Female)

Performer: Alice Drummond (1928 - 2016)

Heavenly Finley (Age: young, Female)

Performer: Geraldine Alexander

Charles (Sweet Bird of Youth) (Age: old, Male)

'an old colored manservant' (Sweet Bird of Youth, p. 66).

Performer: Willie Payne (1923 - 2017)

Stuff (Age: Not specified, Male)

Performer: Christopher Cooper (1951)

Miss Lucy (Age: Not specified, Female)

Performer: Frances Cuka (1936 - 2020)

Heckler, The (Age: Not specified, Male)

Performer: Jay Benedict (1951)

Violet (Age: late twenties, Female)

Performer: Jane Picking

Edna (Sweet Bird of Youth) (Age: late twenties, Female)

Performer: Tacye Nichols

Scotty (Age: late twenties, Male)

Performer: Ian Morton

Bud (Age: late twenties, Male)

Performer: Michael Shallard (1951)

Pianist (Sweet Bird of Youth, exclusive to HP's production) (Age: Not specified, Not specified)

Performer: David Owen

Page (Age: Not specified, Male)

Referred to as 'Pageboy' in play text (Sweet Bird of Youth, p. 95).

Performer: Herbert Norville (1967)

Man in Bar (Sweet Bird of Youth) (Age: Not Specified)

Performer: David Cunningham

Man in Bar (Sweet Bird of Youth) (Age: Not Specified)

Performer: Andrew Roberts

Photographer (Sweet Bird of Youth) (Age: Not Specified)

Performer: Martin Aylott

Drum Majorette (Sweet Bird of Youth) (Age: Not Specified, Female)

Performer: Lynn Grant

State Trooper (Sweet Bird of Youth) (Age: Not Specified)

Performer: Nicholas Brent (1918 - 2003)

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Harold Pinter Official Website



Accessed 16 May 2018.

Harold Pinter Appointments Diary, 1985

The British Library Modern Manuscripts, The Harold Pinter Archive, Add MS 88880/12/18, no ff

Library archive

Information about dates of opening nights and transfers and performance times taken from entries for May and June.