In Celebration (play)

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In Celebration
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First edition (Jonathan Cape, 1969)
Written by David Storey
Date premiered 22 April 1969 (1969-04-22)
Place premiered Royal Court Theatre, London
Setting The Derbyshire mining town of Langwith

In Celebration is a 1969 play by the English writer David Storey. It is set in a Nottinghamshire mining town and tells the story of three brothers who visit their parents for their 40th wedding anniversary.

According to Storey, the three brothers are based on aspects of himself: "One was a very passive nature, the second was a kind of conformist nature, and the third was a kind of bolshie nature that didn't want to have anything to do with the other two."[1] The play took three days to write. It premiered in April 1969 at the Royal Court Theatre, where it was directed by Lindsay Anderson and ran for twelve weeks.[2] Anderson also directed a 1975 film adaptation with the same title.[3]

Original cast


  1. ^ Rees, Jasper (2007-07-09). "The day David Storey walloped a critic". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  2. ^ "In Celebration - Lindsay Anderson".
  3. ^ Lindsay Anderson Revisited: Unknown Aspects of a Film Director. 2016. pp. 158–162. ISBN 978-1-137-53942-7.
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