The Light of Heart

The Light of Heart is a 1940 play by the British writer Emlyn Williams.

The Light of Heart
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Written byEmlyn Williams
Date premiered21 February 1940
Place premieredApollo Theatre, London
Original languageEnglish

It ran for 127 performances at the Apollo Theatre in London's West End between 21 February and 8 June 1940. The cast included Godfrey Tearle, Megs Jenkins, Gladys Henson, Elliott Mason and Angela Baddeley.[1] It later ran for 55 performances at the Guild Theatre on Broadway.


In 1942 it was adapted into the Hollywood film Life Begins at Eight-Thirty directed by Irving Pichel and starring Monty Woolley, Ida Lupino and Cornel Wilde.[2] Twenty years later it was made into a West German film Life Begins at Eight starring Johanna Matz.


  1. ^ Wearing p.VIII
  2. ^ Goble p.502


  • Goble, Alan. The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter, 1999.
  • Wearing, J.P. The London Stage 1940-1949: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.