A Penny for a Song



  • A comedy by the British playwright John Whiting (1917 - 63),first produced in London by Binkie Beaumont in 1951. The productionstarred Ronald Squire (as a squire) and Virginia McKenna; costumesand sets were designed by the Punch cartoonist Rowland Emett.Despite critical praise, the play was a box office failure. Whitingrevised the text for a successful 1962 production by the Royal ShakespeareCompany at the Aldwych Theatre.

    A Penny for a Song is a whimsical farce set in Britainduring an invasion scare in 1814. When an eccentric squire dressesup as Napoleon to confuse the French army, he is captured by the EnglishHome Guard who believe he is the real thing.