"Blessed are they who in this sea of frailty,
climb aboard a piece of ass as it floats by."


- J.P. Donleavy from The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B
Photo courtesy of Lawrence Grobel.
Promo handbill for first run. Cover art courtesy Dr. Andrew Schuman.
Listed in chronological order. Any additional information for these and other productions would be most appreciated and credited. Special thanks to Patrick Ryecart for his passion and dedication in making possible all the currently known productions of this play.
Duke of York's Theatre, London, Sept. 30, 1981 - Many thanks to Dr. Andrew Schuman for forwarding detailed information on the world premiere of this play, as well as many reviews and articles. Naim Attallah presents The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B, a Namara Production, presented by arrangement with Riteglen Ltd; director: Ron Daniels design: Liz da Costa; costumes: Sue Formston; lighting: Leonard Tucker; Company and stage manager: Marj Williams; deputy stage manager: Sue Darke; assistant stage managers: Helen Bennett, Gilly Archer.

CAST:

Patrick Ryecart

Simon Callow

Susan Gilmore

Reginald Jessup

Renny Krupinski

Charlotte West-Oram

Lizzie Romilly

Noel Coleman

Peter Attard

Noel Howlett

Sylvia Coleridge

Helen Bennett

Charlotte West-Oram

Peter Attard

Renny Krupinski

Lally Bowers

Reginald Jessup

Judith Hepburn

Noel Coleman

Barbara Hyslop

Reginald Jessup

Lizzie Romilly

Balthazar

Beefy

Elizabeth Fitzdare

Horace

A Taxi Driver

Rebecca

Breda

The Junior Dean

Peters, a University Porter

Boats

Lady Bicuspid

Girl in Harrods

Millicent

The Hotel Receptionist

The Hotel Porter

Millicent's Mother

Stephen, Millicent's Father

A Striptease Girl

A Man from the Admiralty

Marjorie, His Wife

Another Neighbor

Alphonsine

To purchase books by J.P. Donleavy, go to the Buyers' Guide.

Larger view of program cover | Program 1st. page | Program credits spread | Promo flyer 1
Promo flyer 2 | Simon Callow & Charlotte West-Oram (from photocopy of newspaper photo) | Reviews

Duke of York's Theatre Production, London, 1982 - As the production at Duke of York's continued its long run, Simon Callow left the cast and was replaced by Scottish comedian Billy Connolly. The rest of the cast remained the same.

CAST CHANGE:

Beefy
Billy Connolly
Reviews

Virginia Stage Company Production, Norfolk, Virginia, Oct 9 - 26, 1985 - Warmest thanks to Wendy Barrie-Wilson (Rebecca and Millicent in this production), for donating a copy of the program from this, the U.S. premiere, to the JPDC. According to Wendy, this production was a true labor of love, and Donleavy was a pleasure to work with.

And special thanks to Director, Charles Towers for additional details as well as forwarding a copy of his excellent article "Anatomy of an Obsession," American Theatre, Dec. 1985,  an inside chronicle of the struggle to get this play produced in the US.

Artistic director: Charles Towers; director: Charles Towers; set design: John Lee Beatty; lighting: Roger Morgan; production manager: Kurt Wilhelm; stage manager: Nancy Kay Uffner; sound design: Dirk Kuyk; hair consultant: Tom Watson; scenic artist: Deborah Jasin; voice & dialect consultant: Tim Monich; casting director: Stuart Howard Associates; properties manager: Gretchen Gregg; properties assistant: Rob Hyman; properties intern: John Trosko.

CAST:

Balthazar

Beefy

Elizabeth Fitzdare

Horace

A Taxi Driver

Rebecca

Breda

The Junior Dean

Peters, a University Porter

Boats

Lady Bicuspid

Millicent

A Hotel Clerk

Millicent's Mother

Millicent's Father

A Striptease Girl

1st Vigilante

2nd Vigilante

1st Vigilante's Wife

Alphonsine
Patrick Ryecart

Bille Brown

Kathleen Mahony-Bennett

Gary Montgomery

G.F. Rowe

Wendy Barrie (now Wendy Barrie-Wilson)

Maureen Garrett

Derek Murcott

Ed Morgan

Emmett O'Sullivan-Moore

Harriet Rogers

Wendy Barrie

Gary Montgomery

Peg Small

Derek Murcott

Pam Manning

Gary Montgomery

Derek Murcott

Peg Small

Maureen Garrett
Larger view of program cover | Credits page from program | JPD and Charles Towers | Patrick Ryecart
For a nice group of production stills, visit Wendy Barrie-Wilson's ...Balthazar B page | Maureen Garrett
Douglas Fairbanks Theatre "Reading," New York. Monday, March 2, 6 p.m., 1987 - This reading of the play was performed by the entire cast of the US premiere, all members of The Virginia Stage Company (see above listing for cast credits). According to the promotional card, there was a reception for Donleavy after the performance which was presented by Milton Goldman. Again, special thanks to Wendy Barrie-Wilson for donating this card  to the JPDC.

It was hoped that the event would generate backing for a New York production of the play, but, unfortunately, no such enterprise evolved.
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