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Collected Drama

Johnson Plays: 1 (Insignificance; Unsuitable for Adults; Cries from the Mammal House)

Johnson Plays: 1 (Insignificance; Unsuitable for Adults; Cries from the Mammal House)

Terry Johnson


Gathering three of the author’s plays: “Insignificance”, “Unsuitable for Adults”, and “Cries from the Mammal House”.


“Insignificance”: At first glance, it looks like a game of Theatrical Consequences. What if four of Ike’s America – Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein, Joe DiMaggio and Senator McCarthy – met in a New York hotel room in 1953?


“Unsuitable for Adults”: Set in the world of pub entertainment in Paddington – lunchtimes of striptease, evenings of the more violent kind of comic routine… funny and horrifying by turns, and maturely refusing to assume anything about its characters, it’s a fine and enduring depiction of the current state of play in the world of love, sex, and comedy.


“Cries from the Mammal House”: Set in a small English private zoo and also the bowels of anyone who has ever had to take responsibility for others…

Collected Drama
Methuen Drama


Terry Johnson

Terry Johnson’s work as a playwright includes a version of Edward Ravenscroft’s “The London Cuckolds”, produced at the Royal National Theatre; “Dead Funny”, which opened at the Hampstead Theatre and enjoyed two successful West End runs at the Vaudeville and Savoy Theatres; and “Hysteria”, produced at the Duke of York’s theatre as part of the Royal Court Classic season. His earlier work includes “Anabel” and “Unsuitable for Adults” at the Bush, “Imagine Drowning” at Hampstead, and “Cries from the Mammal House” at the Royal Court.


His work has been performed all over Great Britain, in major US cities, Australia, Europe, Israel, Ireland and Canada. He is the recipient of some major British Theatre Awards including Playwright of the Year 1995; Critics’ Circle Best New Play 1995; Writers’ Guild Best West End Play 1995; Olivier Award Best Comedy 1994; the Mayer-Whitworth Award 1993 and the John Whiting Award 1991.


He has directed new work at the Royal Court, Bristol Old Vic, Soho Poly and Hampstead Theatre. In 1996 he directed the American premiere of Stephen Jeffreys’s “The Libertine” for Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago. His “Piano/Forte” premiered at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs in 2006.

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