The Fake (play)

The Fake is a 1924 play by the British writer Frederick Lonsdale. It was staged at the Apollo Theatre in the West End with a cast that included Godfrey Tearle, Franklyn Bellamy and Allan Jeayes. Unlike most of his successful plays, generally farce-like comedies, this was intended as a serious drama although it contains a happy ending. It ran for 211 performances.

When the play transferred to Broadway, Claudette Colbert was originally cast as the female lead, but was replaced by Frieda Inescort.[1]

Film adaptation

In 1927 it was turned into a British silent film The Fake directed by Georg Jacoby and starring Henry Edwards, Elga Brink, Juliette Compton and Miles Mander.


  1. Dick p.25


  • Dick, Bernard F. Claudette Colbert: She Walked in Beauty. University Press of Mississippi, 2008.
  • Donaldson, Frances. Freddy Lonsdale. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2011.
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