“They Came to a City. A Play in Two Acts”

Title“They Came to a City. A Play in Two Acts”
Year for Search1943
AuthorsPriestley, J[ohn] B[oynton](1894-1984)
Tertiary AuthorsPriestley, J. B.
Secondary TitleThree Plays
Pagination147-216
Date Published1943
PublisherWilliam Heinemann
Place PublishedLondon
KeywordsEnglish author, Male author
Annotation

The eutopia that might be possible in post-war Britain as seen through the eyes of characters representative of contemporary Britain. Only some see it positively.

Additional Publishers

Rpt. without the subtitle in his Four Plays (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1944), 151-221. Rpt. as “They Came to a City: A Play in Two Acts.” In The Plays of J. B. Priestley. Volume III (London: William Heinemann, 1950), 139-201 with a brief note by Priestley on xi. 

Info Notes

Written in the summer of 1942 and first performed in Bradford, Eng. in early 1943, followed by a provincial tour, then opening at the Globe Theatre in London in April 1943. A 1944 film was directed by Basil Deardon (1911-71) with screenplay by Priestley, Deardon, and Sidney Cole (1908-98). .

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Author Note

(1894-1984)

Full Text

1943 Priestley, J[ohn] B[oynton] (1894-1984). “They Came to a City. A Play in Two Acts.” In his Three Plays (London: William Heinemann, 1943), 147-216. Rpt. in his Four Plays (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1944), 151-221. Rpt. as “They Came to a City: A Play in Two Acts.” In The Plays of J. B. Priestley. Volume III (London: William Heinemann, 1950), 139-201 with a brief note by Priestley on xi. Written in the summer of 1942 and first performed in Bradford, Eng. in early 1943, followed by a provincial tour, then opening at the Globe Theatre in London in April 1943. A 1944 film was directed by Basil Deardon (1911-71) with screenplay by Priestley, Deardon, and Sidney Cole (1908-98). MnU

The eutopia that might be possible in post-war Britain as seen through the eyes of characters representative of contemporary Britain. Only some see it positively.