The Lark



  • Jean Anouilh's successful historical play (the firstof his pièces costumées) about Joan of Arc'strial for heresy. It was first performed in Paris in 1953, translatedby Christopher Fry for its opening in London in 1955, andadapted by Lillian Hellman for New York later that year.

    In London the drama was compared unfavourably with Shaw'sSaint Joan, which was then playing in the West End. Some criticsalso felt that the leading role had been miscast; Ronald barker forone wrote "Dorothy Tutin is temperamentally wrong for Joan."In New York, however, Julie Harris won a Tony Award for her portrayalof Joan and toured with the play through 1956.