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Charles Boyer on Playbill cover for original 1963 Broadway production

Man and Boy is a play by Terence Rattigan.

It was first performed at The Queen's Theatre, London, and Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York, in 1963, with Charles Boyer starring as Gregor Antonescu. It was poorly received, with a limited London run and only 54 performances on Broadway; but was revived by Maria Aitken in 2005 at the Duchess Theatre, London, with David Suchet as Gregor Antonescu, to great acclaim.[1][2] Maria Aitken again directed the play for Roundabout Theatre Company on Broadway in the fall of 2011 at the American Airlines Theatre starring Tony Award winner Frank Langella as Antonescu.[3]

The Australian premiere of Man and Boy was performed at the Garrick Theatre in Perth, Western Australia, in June 2007.[4]



The play is a study of a ruthless, sociopathic businessman: his inability to love and the impact of this on others (notably, his son and his wife). The central character Gregor Antonescu was based on the lives of Ivar Kreuger, the Swedish Match King,[5] and Samuel Insull the Anglo-American investor.[6]

Original Broadway productionEdit

The play, directed by Michael Benthall, opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Nov 12, 1963, with the following cast:[7]


  1. ^ "Man and Boy". The Actors Company Theatre. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2010.
  2. ^ Aitken, Maria (22 October 2017). "Is this Rattigan's lost masterpiece?" – via
  3. ^ "The Art of Wreaking Havoc With Other People's Money". The New York Times. 10 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Man and Boy". theatre australia. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
  5. ^ Lahr, John (17 October 2011). "Vile Bodies". The New Yorker. Condé Nast Publications. LXXXVII (32): 96–97. ISSN 0028-792X.
  6. ^ Rattigan, Terence (1964). Man and Boy. Samuel French, Inc.
  7. ^ League, The Broadway. "Man and Boy – Broadway Play – Original - IBDB".

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