Dinner at Eight (play)

Dinner at Eight is a 1932 American play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber. The plot deals with the Jordan family, who are planning a society dinner, and what they, as well as various friends and acquaintances—all of whom have their own problems and ambitions‚ do as they prepare for the event.

Dinner at Eight
First edition 1932
Written byGeorge S. Kaufman
Edna Ferber
Date premieredOctober 22, 1932 (1932-10-22)
Place premieredMusic Box Theatre,
New York City
For the 1933 film version, see Dinner at Eight (1933 film).

1932 Broadway production

Dinner at Eight, a three act Broadway play, opened October 22, 1932, at the Music Box Theatre, and closed May 6, 1933 after 232 performances. The play was produced by Sam H. Harris, staged by George S. Kaufman; Assistant Director: Robert B. Sinclair. To date the original 1932 production of Dinner at Eight has had the longest run with 232 performances vs. the 1966 and 2002 revivals with 127 and 45 performances, respectively.

Main cast:

1966 Broadway revival

The revival opened on Broadway on September 27, 1966, at the Alvin Theatre and closed on January 14, 1967, after 127 performances.[1]

Produced by Elliot Martin, Lester Osterman, Jr., Alan King and Walter A. Hyman, Ltd. The play was directed by Tyrone Guthrie.

Main cast[1]

2002 Broadway revival

The revival opened on Broadway on December 19, 2002 and closed on January 26, 2003 after 45 performances and 28 previews. Produced by Lincoln Center Theater, André Bishop: Artistic Director; Bernard Gersten: Executive Producer. Directed by Gerald Gutierrez.[2]

Main cast[2]

The play received 2003 Tony Award nominations for Best Revival of a Play, Best Featured Actress in a Play (Ebersole and Seldes), Best Scenic Design (John Lee Beatty), and Best Costume Design (Catherine Zuber).[3]


  1. " 'Dinner at Eight' Broadway 1966" Playbill, September 22, 2017
  2. Isherwood, Charles. "Review: ‘Dinner at Eight’" Variety, December 19, 2002
  3. "Awards, 2003" ibdb.com, retrieved September 21, 2017
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