Whose Life is it Anyway?

The play, again directed by Lindsay-Hogg, was revived on Broadway at the Royale Theatre, where it opened on 24 February 1980 after nine previews. A gender reversal found Mary Tyler Moore in the lead role, rechristened Claire, and James Naughton as her now-male doctor. Josef Sommer rounded out the principal cast. The play ran for 96 performances. Moore was nominated for a Drama Desk Award as Outstanding Actress in a Play and won a special 1980 Tony Award for her performance.

Cast & Crew


Andrew Eden
Claire Harrison
Dr. Michael Emerson
Dr. Paul Jacobs
Dr. Robert Barr
Judge Wyler
Margareth Hill
Mary Jo Sadler
Mrs. Boyle
Nurse Anderson
Peter Kershaw


Assistant stage manager
Company manager
Costume designer
Dr. David Scott
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Hair design
Lightning design
Production stage manager
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Play description

“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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