Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Banquo's Chair: A Play in One Act

Croft-Cooke, Rupert. Banquo's Chair: A Play in One Act. London: H.F.W. Deane & Sons, 1930.

You may recall the episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents that dealt—not altogether obliquely—with Banquo's ghost (for which, q.v.).

With the help of an excellent librarian, I was able to track down the source material. It turned out to be a one-act play with the same title. The story is roughly the same, including the same cleverly twisting ending—but the ending works itself out slightly differently in the play.

I'm attaching images (click on them to enlarge them) of the last four pages of the play so that you can see the difference for yourself. And if you happen to direct any amateur dramatic societies, you might consider putting on this play—I think it is quite likely to please an audience!


Big K said...

I just heard this on our local radio station that plays OTR last night.
This was the episode aired 1 week after the 1st performance of Sorry, Wrong Number, & the title was given as "The Extra Guest"
then aired as the original "Banquo's Chair"
I wonder why?

kj said...

Thanks for your comment, Big K. That's fascinating! The show was Suspense, and interested readers can find and listen to it here (it's listed as number 34):


Perhaps they announced in the previous week that next week's show would be "The Extra Guest" because it sounds a bit more straightforward. I'm just guessing, but perhaps it was a marketing decision.

Thanks for pointing us to the show!


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