Albert’s Bridge

Albert has a degree in philosophy and with a job as bridge painter has a new perspective on life up high. Through CPSs and programmed efficiency, he replaces four painters and the bridge is all his.

Play title:  Albert’s Bridge

Author (s):  Tom Stoppard

Publisher: Samuel French

Publication Date: 1967

Genre: Comedy (Radio Play)

Primary Discipline: Mathematics

Scientist (s): None

Source Texts: Unknown

Character Breakdown: 10 Men, 2 Women

Albert, Bob, Charlie, Chairman, Dad, Dave, George, Fitch, Mother, Kate, Fraser, Father

Setting: Varies

Time Period: Present Day

Synopsis of Play: Albert has a degree in philosophy and with a job as bridge painter has a new perspective on life up high. Through CPSs and programmed efficiency, he replaces four painters and the bridge is all his. He also has to get married – but that’s another story. He’s bothered by a reluctant suicide and by 1400 additional painters causing the bridge and Albert’s dream to collapse. https://www.samuelfrench.com/p/2084/alberts-bridge/

First Performance Date: 1967

First Producer: BBC Radio 3

Performance History: Albert’s Bridge was first broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in 1967. It performed on stage December 18th, 1986 at the Edward Alderton Theatre in Bexleyheath. It was directed by Mike Higginson and stage managed by Janet Hampton.

Links:

https://www.nytimes.com/1987/11/22/theater/theater-stoppard-duo-of-one-act-radio-plays.html

https://variety.com/2014/film/features/susan-sarandon-recalls-early-career-1201296398/

https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/three-piece-hoot/Content?oid=871993

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/gillian-reynolds/9370812/No-celebration-for-radios-star-writer-Tom-Stoppard.html

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/audio-books-tom-stoppard-radio-plays-hgfj5xnw599

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

Photo/Visual Research with citations

                                    

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1986, Edward Alderton Theatre                                                  Albert Bridge

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