Weapons of HappinessBy Howard Brenton
Directed by David Hare
The National Theatre
First Performance: Lyttelton Theatre 14 July 1976
Closed 23 Oct 1976. Total 41 Performances.
Weapons of Happiness was the first commissioned play to be staged at the South Bank.
1976 Evening Standard Theatre Awards - Best Play
Josef Frank : Frank Finlay
Ralph Makepeace : Michael Medwin
Billy : Derek Thompson
Ken : Billy Colvil
Stacky : Nick Brimble
Janice : Julie Covington
Liz : Annie Hayes
Alf : Frederick Radley
Sylvia Makepeace : Thelma Whiteley
Mr Stanley : Bernard Gallagher
Inspector Miller : Maurice O' Connell
Doubek, interrogator : Matthew Guinness
Kohoutek, interrogator : Maurice O' Connell
Russian Adviser : Michael Medwin
Clementis : William Russell
NKVD Men : Pat Connell, Martin Friend, Shaun Scott, Jeremy Truelove
Stalin : Geoffrey Bateman
Waiter : Chris Hunter
Commentator : Geoffrey Bateman
Guards : Martin Friend, Chris Hunter
Constables : Pat Connell, Martin Friend, Jeremy Truelove
'All the bright weapons of happiness wait only for a sign'
'I find it impossible to be a moralist, like Shaw. I hate that kind of moral pressure. Writers of my group all sense the enormous upheaval that is going to come. It is difficult to define the nature of that upheaval, but if you write a scene set in London today - about any class - that future upheaval will be present in that scene. A good playwright doesn't know any more. It is only by obsession and by craft and by personal accident that he can set down his vision of the world, and it shouldn't matter that some people may be offended by it.'