New York: Clifford Hayman, Circa 1965. Draft script for the 1959 British play. Copy belonging to Dana Andrews, from Clifford Hayman, the producer for the play in London, with a mimeograph letter signed by Hayman, dated August 25, 1965, suggesting Andrews' production company bring the play to the US for American audiences, and that Andrews have the lead role. Accompanying the letter is a page of London reviews, dated 1959, and a separate page detailing Hayman's theatre background.
The play opened at the Pavilion Theatre in 1959, moved to London's Criterion Theatre, ran for 140 performances, and was adapted to television in 1961, airing as part of the "BBC Sunday-Night Play" series (Season 3, Episode 1). The play would see its American debut run in 1962, a full three years before Hayman sent this script to Dana Andrews for consideration.
Michael Gilbert's other suspense plays include "The Bargain" and "The Shot in Question."
Black wrappers. Title page present, undated, with a credit for writer Gilbert. 125 leaves, with last page of text numbered 3-33 (Act 3, Page 33), and three laid-in pages (letter, reviews, Hayman background). Mimeograph duplication. Pages and wrapper Near Fine, bound with two silver brads.
Kabatchnik, Blood on the Stage 1950-1975, p. 322.