Boeing-Boeing (play)

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Boeing-Boeing (play)
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Boeing-Boeing is a farce written by the French playwright Marc Camoletti. The English language adaptation, translated by Beverley Cross, was first staged in London at the Apollo Theatre in 1962 and transferred to the Duchess Theatre in 1965, running for a total of seven years.NEWS, Mervyn Rothstein, Flying High,weblink Playbill, 8 June 2008, 2008-11-04, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 1 December 2008, In 1991, the play was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the most performed French play throughout the world.


The play is set in the 1960s, and centres on bachelor Bernard, who has a flat in Paris and three stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. But Bernard's life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay, and complications such as weather and a new, speedier Boeing jet disrupt his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in the city simultaneously, and catastrophe looms.{{clarify|this is clearly incomplete|date=May 2018}}


  • Bernard– a Parisian architect and lothario (turned into an American who resides in Paris in the most recent Broadway production)
  • Berthe– Bernard's French Housekeeper
  • Robert– Bernard's old school chum (from Wisconsin)
  • Jaqueline (or Gabriella)– the French fiancée (or the Italian fiancée) and air hostess
  • Janet (or Gloria)– the American fiancée and air hostess
  • Judith (or Gretchen)– the German fiancée and air hostess


The English version of the play was first staged in London's West End at the Apollo Theatre in 1962 with David Tomlinson in the lead role and then transferred to the Duchess Theatre in 1965, running for a total of seven years.The play was produced on Broadway at the Cort Theatre from February 2, 1965, closing on February 20, 1965, after 23 performances.Louis Calta, "New Directors for Lincoln Rep," New York Times, 31 January 1965Howard Taubman, "Theater: 'Boeing-Boeing' at the Cort," New York Times, 3 February 1965John Chapman, "It's Jet-Age, but French Farce Isn't," Chicago Tribune, 4 February 1965 Directed by Jack Minster, the cast included Ian Carmichael, Susan Carr, Diana Millay and Gerald Harper.The play was also on in Blackpool at the South Pier during 1967 and featured Vicki Woolf, Dandy Nichols, Hugh Lloyd, Ann Sidney and Christina Taylor.The play was adapted by W!LD RICE production in Singapore in 2002. It was directed by Glen Goei, Glen and the company revisited, modernized, and relocated this classic comedy to Asia and the present day, whilst keeping faithful to the text and the spirit of the play. The three air hostesses's nationalities were changed to Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. The show starred Lim Yu-Beng, Pam Oei, Emma Yong, Chermaine Ang, Sean Yeo & Mae Paner-Rosa.WEB, Boeing-Boeing,weblink Wild Rice Theatre Company, 2002, 2008-11-04, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 2008-10-11, Boeing-Boeing was revived in London in February 2007 at the Comedy Theatre in a production directed by Matthew Warchus. Once again the play proved to be a hit with critics and audiences alike. The original cast of the production featured Roger Allam as Bernard, Frances de la Tour as Bertha, Mark Rylance as Robert, and Tamzin Outhwaite, Daisy Beaumont and Michelle Gomez as Bernard's three fiancées, Gloria, Gabriella and Gretchen. This production received two Olivier Award nominations, for Best Revival and Best Actor (Mark Rylance), but won neither.WEB, Boeing Boeing London theatre tickets and information,weblink, 23 October 2008, 2008-11-04, Elena Roger later took on the role of Gabriella.Warchus also directed the 2008 Broadway revival, which started previews on April 19, 2008 and opened on May 4 at the Longacre Theatre to good reviews.NEWS, Ben Brantley, Up, Up and Away (and Watch Those Swinging Doors,weblink The New York Times, 5 May 2008, 2008-08-11, The cast featured Christine Baranski as Berthe, Mark Rylance, reprising his role as Robert, Bradley Whitford as Bernard, Gina Gershon as Gabriella, Mary McCormack as Gretchen and Kathryn Hahn as Gloria. The curtain call of this revival was choreographed by Kathleen Marshall with original music by Claire van Kampen.NEWS, Elyse Sommer, Boeing, Boeing Flies Its Daffy Lovers to Broadway,weblink Curtainup, 8 May 2008, 2008-11-04, The production closed on January 4, 2009, after 279 performances and 17 previews.{{ibdb title|477454 |Boeing-Boeing}} A 45-week North American tour began in Fall 2009.NEWS, Kenneth Jones, Grounded! Hit Boeing-Boeing Will Close Jan. 4, 2009; Tour Planned,weblink Playbill, 2 December 2008, 2008-12-04, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 4 December 2008, The production won the Best Revival of a Play and Rylance won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor. The production was nominated for several other Tony Awards including: Best Featured Actress (Mary McCormack), Best Director (Matthew Warchus), Best Costume Design (Rob Howell) and Best Sound Design (Simon Baker). The production won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play, and Mark Rylance won for lead actor in a play.NEWS, Lawrence Van Gelder, Drama Desk Awards,weblink The New York Times, 19 May 2008, 2008-08-11, A current production directed by Dennis ZačekWEB,weblink Dennis Zacek Interview, YouTube, 28 November 2011, 2013-08-06, is at Drury Lane Theatre in Oak Brook Terrace, ILWEB,weblink Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center, 2013-08-06, and stars Nora Dunn as Berthe (as it is rendered in the program), Stef Tovar{{IMDb name|0869842|Stef Tovar}} as Bernard, and Dan CantorWEB,weblink Daniel Cantor, Department of Theatre, Northwestern University School of Communication, 2013-08-06, as Robert, who is a rube from Wisconsin in this Chicago area production. The stewardesses are Gloria in red from TWA, played by Kara Zediker, Gabriella in blue from Alitalia played by Dina DiConstanzo,WEB,weblink Dina DiCostanzo, 2013-08-06, and Gretchen in yellow from Lufthansa played by Katherine Keberlein.{{IMDb name|3714055|Katherine Keberlein}}

2007 West End revival{| class"wikitable" style"margin:auto;"

! Dates || Bernard || Berthe || Robert || Gabriella || Gloria || Gretchen Roger Allam Frances de la Tour rowspan=2Mark Rylance >Daisy Beaumont Tamzin Outhwaite rowspan=2|Michelle GomezPatricia Hodge >Amy Nuttall Adrian Dunbar >Rhea Perlman >Neil Stuke rowspan=2Elena Roger >| Doon MackichanOct 2007-Jan 2008}} Kevin McNally Jean Marsh Jennifer Ellison Tracy-Ann ObermanMartin Marquez >Susie Blake >John Marquez (actor)>John Marquez Thaila Zucchi Sarah Jayne Dunn Josephine Butler">

2008 Broadway{| class"wikitable" style"margin:auto;"

! Dates || Bernard || Berthe || Robert || Gabriella || Gloria || GretchenBradley Whitford >Christine Baranski rowspan=3Mark Rylance >Gina Gershon rowspan=2Kathryn Hahn >| Mary McCormackGreg Germann rowspan=2|Missi PyleRebecca Gayheart >| Paige DavisJones, Kenneth."Two New Stews: Davis and Gayheart to Climb Aboard Broadway's Boeing" {{webarchive |url= |date=October 3, 2008 }},, Sept. 29, 2008




Further reading

  • BOOK, Camoletti, Marc, Mithois, Marcel, Boeing-boeing, Avant-scène no. 240, 46 pp, French, Paris, L'Avant-scène, 1961, 56696680,

External links

  • {{IBDB show|2133|Boeing-Boeing}}
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