David Suchet

Once in a Lifetime

by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman (1930)



An RSC production, opened at the Aldwych August 1979 and transferred to Piccadilly Theatre



Run time: App. 2hrs 20-40min

2 intervals




Director: Trevor Nunn

Set Design: John Napier

Womenís Costume Design: Andreane Neofitou

Lighting: Robert Bryan

Music: Jim Parker

Choreography: Gillian Lynne



Synopsis     Notes



Run Sheet



The Aldwych......... August 1979


Transferred to:

Piccadilly Theatre......... 1980



Cast according to the programme


Richard Griffiths..... George Lewis

ZoÍ Wanamaker..... May Daniels

Peter McEnery..... Jerry Hyland

Gaye Brown..... Helen Hobart (Hollywood gossip columnist)

Toria Fuller..... Susan Walker

Valerie Lush..... Mrs. Walker

David Suchet..... Herman Glogauer (producer, head of Glogauer Studios)

Ian Charleson..... Lawrence Vail (New York playwright)

Paul Brooke..... Rudolph Kammerling (German director)


Additional cast:

Brian Abbott, Allan Barker, Michael Bertenshaw, David Bradley, Helen Brammer, Bill Buffery, Jocelyn Cunningham, Susan Dury, Susannah Fellows, Kate Fitzgerald, Geoffrey Freshwater, Diana Van Fossen, Cheryl Hall, Allan Hendrick, Keith Hodiak, Darlene Johnson, Philip McGough, John Nettles, Stuart Organ, George Raistrick, Ian Reddington, Carmen Du Sautoy, Michael Siberry, Juliet Stevenson, Arthur White,


The Band:

Alan Gout, Victor Slaymark, Peter Whittaker, Peter Cameron,  Roderick Tearle, Brian Newman, Duncan Hollowood, David Hissey, Alan Walley, George Weigand, Tony McVey, Nigel Garvey



David Suchet and Gaye Brown (in the middle) as Herman Glogauer and Helen Hobart. To the right ZoŽ Wanamaker and Peter McEnery as May and Jerry. 
Photo: Copyright Donald Cooper, Plays & Players, Oct 1979. Kindly provided by Liz, site owner of  Get a larger photo in the Gallery


Check the page for the Edward Hall 2005-06 production of the play...




The play was awarded with Plays and Players London Theatre Critics Award for best production in 1979.


Suchet has worked with Trevor Nunn in two other RSC productions besides Once in a Lifetime; Timon of Athens at the Young Vic, 1991 and Every Good Boy Deserves Favour at the Barbican, 1982.


Further details; check the page for the Edward Hall 2005-06 production of the play...
David Suchet, Richard Griffiths and Paul Brooke - newspaper cut (unknown).
 Review - newspaper cut (unknown).
Review - newspaper cut (unknown).
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