St Helena (play)

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St Helena
Written by R.C. Sheriff
Characters Napoleon Bonaparte
Date premiered 4 February 1936
Place premiered London
Original language English
Subject Napoleon
Genre biographical
Setting St Helena

St Helena: a play in twelve scenes is a play by the English author R. C. Sherriff (notable as the author of the First World War drama Journey's End) and Jeanne de Casalis (who also researched it). It deals with the exile of Napoleon I on Saint Helena. It premiered at the Old Vic on 4 February 1936 to poor reviews, but was rescued by a letter to The Times by Winston Churchill, calling it "a remarkable play" and "a work of art of a very high order", though a West End transfer also proved unsuccessful.


  • R. C. Sherriff, No Leading Lady (London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1968), pages 297 to 308
  • A New Play About Napoleon - The Times, Thursday, Jan 30, 1936; pg. 12;

External links

  • 1953 Broadcast of condensed version of play performed for Best Plays at Internet Archive
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