The Mouthpiece (play)

The Mouthpiece is a 1930 crime play by the British writer Edgar Wallace. It was one of several theatrical failures written by Wallace following the enormous success of On the Spot, with a plot described as "flimsy".[1]

The Mouthpiece
Written byEdgar Wallace
Date premiered20 November 1930
Place premieredWyndham's Theatre, London
Original languageEnglish

It ran for twelve performances at Wyndham's Theatre in the West End. The cast included Emlyn Williams, Douglas Payne, Mabel Terry-Lewis and Margaret Bannerman. In 1935 it was posthumously novelised by Robert Curtis.[2]

A gang of criminals discover that a young woman is unaware that she is about to inherit a fortune, and scheme to marry one of their members to her to get their hands on the money.


  1. Kabatchnik p. 172
  2. Wearing p. 68


  • Kabatchnik, Amnon. Blood on the Stage, 1975-2000: Milestone Plays of Crime, Mystery, and Detection : an Annotated Repertoire. Rowman & Littlefield, 2012.
  • Wearing, J. P. The London Stage 1930–1939: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.
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