Farewell, Farewell Eugene

The play was written by American actor John Vari so presumably had an American setting. The adaptation by Rodney Ackland was presumably to transfer it to a setting more familiar to UK audiences. Margaret Rutherford was the only member of the original London company to appear in the New York version. The rest of the cast, with the exception of husband Stringer Davis and Leueen MacGrath, were American and presumably because of this the play reverted to its original setting. The London version had taken place in Fulham in 1905 but the Broadway version was now set in Manhattan in 1915 and most of the character names were different.
For some reason the changes didn’t work and the play closed after 7 performances. However the early closure allowed Margaret Rutherford to divert to Hollywood to make a film with Danny Kaye.

Cast & Crew


Chuck Bailey
Flossie Reardon
Gertrude Povis
Minerva Goody (nee Povis)
Miss Harmon
Mr Davies
Mr Reardon
Mrs Reardon
Peonie Povis


Designer & Costumes


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