Home at Seven is a 1950 British mystery play by R. C. Sherriff. The original production, starring Ralph Richardson, opened at the Theatre Royal, Brighton in February 1950. It transferred to Wyndham's Theatre in the West End on 7 March 1950, for a run of 342 performances.[1] Variety called it "one of the major successes of the legit season."[2]

Home at Seven
Written byR. C. Sherriff
Date premiered6 February 1950
Place premieredTheatre Royal, Brighton
Original languageEnglish



David Preston returns home from work to his wife Janet to find that 24 hours have elapsed without him even realising it, and it is now a day later than he thought. As hard as he tries, he cannot recall the missing day. Evidence then emerges suggesting that he was involved in a theft and murder that happened in the period that he cannot account for.

Original cast




In 1952 the play was adapted as a film Home at Seven directed by and starring Ralph Richardson, with many of the stage cast reprising their roles.[3]


  1. ^ Wearing, J. P. (16 September 2014). The London Stage 1950-1959: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9780810893085 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Home at Seven". Variety. 1 January 1952.
  3. ^ "Home at Seven (1952) | BFI". Ftvdb.bfi.org.uk. Archived from the original on 13 January 2009. Retrieved 17 November 2016.