A Man for All Seasons

New York: ANTA Playhouse, 1961. Draft script for the 1961 Broadway play, "A Man for All Seasons." William Redfield's copy, though not noted as such on the script.

The play premiered at the Globe Theatre in London in 1960, then made its Broadway debut at the ANTA Playhouse on Nov 22, 1961, running for a total of 637 performances. The Broadway production represented by this script starred Leo McKern and Albert Dekker, in addition to Redfield's role as Richard Rich.

Based on the historical events surrounding Sir Thomas More's stalwart devotion to the Catholic faith in light of the English Reformation. The play paints More, then Chancellor of England, as the sole and tragic hero clinging to England's deteriorating loyalty to the Pope and Vatican. When asked to sign a letter in support of King Henry VIII's annulment from Catherine of Aragon, More resigns his post as Chancellor and refuses to take the Oath of Supremacy to his monarch. Basis for the six-time Academy Award-winning 1966 film directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Paul Scofield and Orson Welles.

Red leatherette wrappers. Title page present, with a credit for playwright Robert Bolt. 147 leaves, with last page of text numbered 2-75. Mimeograph. Pages Near Fine. Front wrapper hinge professionally repaired, overall Very Good, bound with two gold screw brads.

[Book #137306]

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