Whose Life Is It Anyway?
Whose Life Is It Anyway? opened at the Mermaid Theatre, London, on 6 March 1978, before playing at the Savoy Theatre from June 1978 to October 1979. This production originally starred Tom Conti and Jane Asher; Conti transferred to New York to star in the Broadway production.
The play, produced by Emanuel Azenberg and directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, opened on Broadway at the Trafalgar Theatre (subsequently renamed the Nederlander Theatre) on 17 April 1979 and ran for 223 performances and 9 previews. It marked the Broadway debut of Tom Conti, who was joined by Jean Marsh and Philip Bosco. Conti was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and won the 1979 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. Both the play itself and Lindsay-Hogg were nominated as well.
Cast & Crew
|Andrew Eden||Richard DeFabees|
|Dr. Barr||James Higgins|
|Dr. Emerson||Phillip Bosco|
|Dr. Paul Travers||Peter McRobbie|
|Dr. Scott||Jean Marsh|
|Kay Sadler||Pippa Pearthree|
|Ken Harrison||Tom Conti|
|Mr. Justice Millhouse||Will Hussung|
|Mrs. Boyle||Veronica Castang|
|Peter Kershaw||Russell Leib|
|Philip Hill||Kenneth Welsh|
|Sister Anderson||Beverly May|
|Assistant stage manager||Dianne Trulock|
|Company manager||Laurel Ann Wilson|
|Costume design||Pearl Somner|
|General manager||Jose Véga|
|Lightning design||Tharon Musser|
|Producer||James M. Nederlander|
|Production assistant||Gary Zabinski|
|Production stage manager||Martin Herzer|
|Scenic design||Alan Tagg|
|Stage manager||Cathy B. Blaser|
|Technical supervisor||Arthur Siccardi|
“When sculptor Ken Harrison is permanently paralysed in an accident, he resolves to die rather than live in his physically helpless state. His struggle for the right to die makes a gripping play, which explores the issues of human dignity and medical ethics with wit and compassion.”
(Taken from Highbury 2009–2010 leaflet)
Plays and Players Best New Play 1978
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