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The Thirteenth Chair   By: (1869-1943)

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A Play in Three Acts



London, Samuel French, Ltd.


All applications for a licence to perform this play, either by professional or amateur companies, must be made to

Messrs. Samuel French, Ltd., 26 Southampton Street, Strand, London, W.C.2,

or their authorized representatives.

The fee for the representation by amateurs is Five Guineas.

In the event of more than one performance being given by amateurs, the fee for each and every representation subsequent to the first is Four Guineas. This reduction only applies when the performances are consecutive (evening following evening, or evening following matinée) and at the same theatre or hall.

Upon payment of the fee, a licence will be issued for the performance to take place, and no performance may be given unless this licence has been obtained.

Character costumes and wigs used in the performance of plays contained in French's Acting Edition may be obtained from Messrs. CHARLES H. FOX, Ltd., Acre House, 72 Long Acre, London, W.C.2.

. ============================== . THE ABOVE MENTIONED FEE IS REDUCED NOW TO THREE GUINEAS EACH PERFORMANCE. ' ============================== '

Made and Printed in Great Britain by Butler & Tanner Ltd., Frome and London.


Produced at The Duke of York's Theatre, London, on October the 16th, 1917, with the following cast of characters:

ROSCOE CROSBY Mr. Charles Rock WILLIAM CROSBY Mr. Lionel Belcher EDWARD WALES Mr. Yorke Stephens BRADDISH TRENT Mr. Dennis Wyndham HOWARD STANDISH Mr Vane Sutton Vane PHILIP MASON Mr. Arthur Finn POLLOCK Mr Charles Bishop INSPECTOR DONOHUE Mr. James Carew SERGEANT DUNN Mr. Frank Harris DOOLAN Mr. Denham Charles HELEN O'NEILL Miss Hilda Bayley MRS. CROSBY Miss Dorothy Hammon MARY EASTWOOD Miss Margaret Moffat HELEN TRENT Miss Ethel Carrington ELIZABETH ERSKINE Miss Grace Darby GRACE STANDISH Miss Gladys Maude MME. ROSALIE LA GRANGE Mrs. Patrick Campbell

The scene throughout the play is the Italian Room in Roscoe Crosby's House, New York. The time is evening. The second act takes place ten minutes later than the first and the third act half an hour later than the second.




The SCENE is the Italian Room in ROSCOE CROSBY'S Home in New York. It is a handsome room. A plan of the setting will be found at the end of the play. As the curtain rises Miss HELEN O'NEILL and WILLIAM CROSBY are discovered standing R.C. They are in each other's arms, and the rising curtain discloses them as they kiss. The window blinds are drawn.

HELEN. I love you so.

WILLIAM. You are the most wonderful thing in all the world.

( She gives a little laugh and moves away from him a step right .)

HELEN. I can't believe it.

WILLIAM. That I love you?

HELEN. Oh, no, I'm sure of that.

WILLIAM. If there's any doubt in your mind, I'll prove it again.

HELEN. They'll see us. ( He takes her in his arms again and kisses her. She laughs happily. And then turning a little stands with her cheek pressed against his. ) Oh, my dear, my dear!

(MRS. CROSBY, a fashionably dressed and extremely attractive woman, enters from door down L. She closes the door. She stops for a moment and watches the lovers and then with a little laugh comes toward them... Continue reading book >>

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