This is a complete list of Greenwood’s performed and published plays, together with some concise further information, especially for the less well-known plays, and with cover images added wherever possible (all images scanned from copies in the author’s collection).
Love on the Dole (Ronald Gow & Walter Greenwood).
First performed at the Rushholme Theatre, Manchester, February 1934; first ‘provincial tour’, May 1934; Garrick Theatre, London, January 1935, transferred to Wintergarden Theatre, London, January 1936; first performed in the USA at the Shubert Theatre, New York, February 1936.
Published by Samuel French (French’s Acting Edition, no,184), London, 1934 (copyright renewed 1936, 1938).
Published by Samuel French (French’s Standard Library Edition), New York, 1934 (copyright renewed 1936).
Published by Jonathan Cape, London, 1935.
Published as Rêves Sans Provision (‘ Dreams without Means’ perhaps – French translation by Charlotte Neveu) in La Petite Illustration (No.827 – Théatre No. 418), 26 Juin 1937. This version was first performed at La Comedié des Champs-Élysées. Paris, March 1937.
Published as Hereford Plays edition, edited and with an Introduction by Ray Speakman (Heinemann Educational Books Ltd), London, 1986.
Adapted from Greenwood’s novel Love on the Dole (Jonathan Cape, 1933).
[Sources: the published editions]
Below is the Jonathan Cape front dust-wrapper. The ‘New Play Series’ was clearly aimed at readers interested in socially-conscious drama and shows that Cape saw Gow and Greenwood’s play as being part of a body of international work addressing issues of social justice. Though the front dust-wrapper used the Cape brand to catch the reader’s eye, rather than any pictorial matter, the rear dust-wrapper packed in a remarkable amount of textual testimony about the autobiographical experience underpinning Greenwood’s writing, and about the reception of the novel. It also found room for a small version of part of the novel’s dust-wrapper design (though with the red circle replaced with a blue one).
Give Us This Day, Manchester Repertory Theatre, March 1936.
Adapted from Greenwood’s novel his Worship the Mayor (Jonathan Cape, 1934).
[Source: review, the Stage, 26/3/1936, p.10]
The Practised Hand (one act), Hulme Hippodrome, Manchester, July 1935.
Adapted from Greenwood’s short story ‘The Practised Hand’ in The Cleft Stick (Selwyn & Blount, 1937).
For an outline of the story see: https://waltergreenwoodnotjustloveonthedole.com/walter-greenwood-and-arthur-wraggs-the-cleft-stick-1937/
[Source: review, the Stage, 4/7/1935, p.7]
My Son’s My Son (‘An unrevised play by D.H. Lawrence completed by Walter Greenwood’ – programme p.5), The Playhouse, London, May 1936.
[Sources: programme; review, the Scotsman, 27/5/1936, p.12]
Only Mugs Work, Gaiety Theatre, Manchester, April 1939.
Adapted from Greenwood’s novel, Only Mugs Work (Hutchinson, 1938).
[Source: notice, Manchester Evening News, 8/4/1939, p.12]]
The Cure for Love: a Lancashire Comedy in Three Acts, first performed as The Rod of Iron, Oldham repertory Theatre, January 1945, then advertised as Sergeants’ Mess in the Stage, 8th March, 1945, p.6 (Parkwood Productions sought ‘Big Theatres – Once or Twice Nightly’) and then performed as The Cure for Love at the Westminster Theatre, London, July 1945.
Published by Samuel French (French’s Acting Edition No.2102), 1947.
[Sources: published edition and The Stage]
So Brief the Spring, Oldham Repertory Theatre, October 1945.
Later adapted by Greenwood into his novel So Brief the Spring (Hutchinson, 1952).
[Source: Manchester Evening News, 25/9/1945, p.8].
Too Clever for Love, Morecambe Repertory Theatre, 1952 (first performed as Never a Dull Moment at the Oldham Repertory Theatre).
Published by Samuel French (French’s Acting edition, no.59), 1952.
[Source: published edition]
Saturday Night at the Crown, Morcambe Repertory Theatre, June 1954; revised version first performed at the Oldham Repertory Theatre, May 1956; produced at the Garrick, London, September 1957.
Published by Samuel French French’s Acting Edition No, 349), 1958.
Later adapted into Greenwood’s novel, Saturday Night at the Crown (Hutchinson, 1959).
See some further discussion at: https://waltergreenwoodnotjustloveonthedole.com/walter-greenwood-and-thora-hird/
[Source: published edition; edition of the novel]
Happy Days, Coliseum, Oldham, November, 1958; Grand Theatre, Blackpool, June 1959.
About a couple celebrating their silver wedding anniversary with friends at Blackpool. I have always assumed complications arise. The central role was designed for Thora Hird by Greenwood.
[Source: notice, Birmingham Daily Post, 19/6/1959, p. 9].
Fun and Games, Victoria Theatre, Salford, February 1963 (later performed as This is your Wife, Bradford Alhambra, August 1964).
Set among the male membership of a northern working-men’s club, who are (somewhat unexpectedly) planning an outing to Italy – but their wives are not happy about them going without them (hints about content from ‘Clubs are Trumps’, the Stage, 24/1/1963, p. 4).
[Source: the Stage, review, 7/2/1963, p. 4].
There Was A Time, first performed at Dundee Repertory Theatre, October 1967, then as Hanky Park, Mermaid Theatre, London, April, 1971.
Adapted from Greenwood’s memoir, There Was A Time (Jonathan Cape, 1967).
[Source: programme from the Mermaid Theatre production].