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Honour (Murray-Smith play)

Honour is a 1995 play by the Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith.

It tells the familiar tale of a middle aged man, George, who leaves his wife, Honor, and their 24-year-old daughter, Sophie, for a relationship with a much younger woman by the name of Claudia.

It was first performed in Melbourne on 14 November 1995 and has since been performed in more than three dozen countries, including on Broadway and in the West End.[1][2]


  • Honor, a beautiful, elegant woman aged around sixty
  • George, an attractive, youthful man, aged around sixty
  • Sophie, their 24-year-old daughter
  • Claudia, a striking woman, aged around thirty

Notable ProductionsEdit

Role World Premiere, 14 November 1995
Playbox Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
Broadway Premiere, April 1998
Belasco Theatre, New York City
West End Premiere, 27 February 2003
Royal National Theatre, London
West End Revival, 14 February 2006
Wyndham's Theatre, London
Honor Julia Blake Jane Alexander Eileen Atkins Diana Rigg
George John Gregg Robert Foxworth Corin Redgrave Martin Jarvis
Sophie Belinda McClory Enid Graham Anna Maxwell Martin Georgina Rich
Claudia Natasha Herbert Laura Linney Catherine McCormack Natascha McElhone
Director Ariette Taylor Gerald Gutierrez Roger Michell David Grindley


  1. ^ Murray-Smith, Joanna (7 August 2006). "Life, love and betrayal". The Age. Archived from the original on 3 September 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  2. ^ Honour at the Internet Broadway Database