In 1967 Lennon’s two books : In His Own Write (1964) & Spaniard in the Works (1965) were adapted into a short play..or as the blurb on the US edition explains, “A play, a romp, a madcap voyage of discovery, a celebration of a wonder of words and life itself, based on the remarkable works of John Lennon singing-composing -acting-writing. Beatle. Yes”
Issued in both the UK & US as a hardback (only). While the UK edition came in a paper dust jacket with an illustration by Christine Marsh (which also appeared in the theatre programme), the US came in printed boards only- with entirely different artwork by Lawrence Ratzin.
N.B: A flaw with the UK title is an approx 1 inch discoloured stripe on the blank fly page -where the DJ flap only partially wraps around the board. All copies appear to have this to some degree.
UK Programme & Cast sheet : National Theatre at the Old Vic. Triple Bill 48 pages • Henry Fielding -18thC burlesque revival • John Maddison Morton- 19th C farce • John Lennon 20th C “romp” ? ! From what I remember in the 1970s, you had to buy programmes from the usherette as you entered the auditorium but the cast sheets were free from wall mounted perspex boxes in the foyer. However each programme sold here also has a cast sheet- which states, unlike the programme, “This cast sheet is distributed free of charge“.
UK Edition : Jonathan Cape Ltd, Hardback in purple boards & illustrated dust jacket20 x 14cm, 35 pages + 3 blank.
US Edition :
Three copies of the UK 1st edition, 2 of the US and 3 copies of the programme available at time of posting : One signed by director and contributing co-author Victor Spinetti, VG+
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