The Corn is Green

Sybil Thorndike was hospitalised with appendicitis after the matinee performance on Friday 30th December 1938. She was replaced initially by her understudy, Gladys Tudor, then formally by Athene Seyler for eight weeks, and finally returned to her role on 6th March 1939. (‘Understudy to Dame Sybil Thorndike: Bolt from the Blue’, Nottingham Journal 6th January 1939, page 4 / ‘Instead of Dame Sybil’, Nottingham Journal 9th January 1939, page 6.)

The West End presentation was curtailed after a year by the outbreak of war, but the same production then toured for 11 weeks prior to returning to the West End for a further six months, closing in June 1940. The combined West End run totalled 600 performances (Duchess: 395, Piccadilly: 205).

Cast & Crew


a groom
Bessie Watty
Gwyn Thomas
Idwal Morris
John Owen
Miss Moffat
Miss Ronberry
Morgan Evans
Mr John Goronwy Jones
Mrs Watty
Old Tom
Robbart Robbatch
Sarah Pugh
The Squire
Will Hughes
Miss Moffat (temporary replacement)
  (30th December 1938 – 9th January 1939)
Miss Moffat (temporary replacement)
  (10th January – 4th March 1939)
Mr John Goronwy Jones (replacement)
  (started December 1939)
Old Tom (replacement)
  (started December 1939)


Lighting devised by
Music arranged by
Setting and costumes designed by
Stage Director (Duchess)
Stage Director (Piccadilly)
Stage Manager
General Manager
Presented by
Presented by arrangement with
Press Representative (Duchess)
Press Representative (Piccadilly)
Scenery built by
Scenery painted by


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