The Old Man (play)

The Old Man is a 1931 mystery play by the British writer Edgar Wallace. Its original production was staged at Wyndham's Theatre in London's West End for a ninety performance run.[1] It is set entirely in the "Coat of Arms" tavern where a mysterious old man lurks in the background, reputedly an escapee from a lunatic asylum.[2] The original cast included Alfred Drayton, Jack Melford, Harold Warrender and Finlay Currie.[3]

The Old Man
Written byEdgar Wallace
Date premiered15 May 1931
Place premieredWyndham's Theatre, London
Original languageEnglish
SettingCoat of Arms tavern, England

Film adaptation

The same year the play was adapted into the film The Old Man directed by Manning Haynes.[4] Wallace was closely associated with British Lion which produced the film.


  1. Wearing p. 117
  2. Kabatchnik p. 172
  3. Wearing p. 117
  4. Goble p. 488


  • Goble, Alan. The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter, 1999.
  • 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.
This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.