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I Have Been Here Before

I Have Been Here Before
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: J.B. Priestley
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 78
Pub. Date: 2015
ISBN-10: 057301194X
ISBN-13: 9780573011948
Cast Size: 2 women, 4 men

About the Play:

I Have Been Here Before is a full-length melodrama by J.B. Priestley. A group of strangers are brought together in a country inn. Startled by the arrival of an unexpected guest, they soon discover that all their lives are inextricably linked, and a decision by any one of them could have profound consequences for them all. Gradually the mysterious visitor reveals that perhaps they are not strangers at all and this has all happened before….

I Have Been Here Before concerns the lives effected by a German professor and his theories on destiny. A success in London and New York, this play is proposes that we repeat our lives constantly in a sort of spiral, but are able to change if we understanding of the forces that govern us. A young British wife, her older husband and her lover meet the mysterious exiled Dr. Görtler at a remote Inn on the Yorkshire moors. His probing questions reveal that they are unhappy and confused. Somehow it seems that these three have played out their scene many times, always ending in suicide, bitterness and poverty. The professor warns them that they must now finally break the pattern. From the writer of the classic thriller An Inspector Calls comes this supernatural tale of mystery and suspense.

I Have Been Here Before premiered in 1937 at the Royalty Theatre in London. It opened on Broadway in 1938 at the Guild Theatre in New York City and later that year in Canada at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. It remains a popular choice for community theatre productions.

Cast: 2 women, 4 men

What people say:

"A Yorkshire pub is the down-to-earth setting for J. B. Priestley's remarkable play about interdependence within society and the power of the human imagination to challenge fate. It's perfectly natural for strangers to meet at an inn, but not so common for life-changing and dramatic events to emerge from the seemingly humdrum encounters and humble location. It takes a playwright more famous for An Inspector Calls to create a similarly intricate and immensely satisfying story of disparate characters and themes coming together." — Reviews Hub London

"J.B. Priestley is one of our literary icons of the 20th Century. And it is time that we all became re-acquainted with his genius." — Dame Judi Dench

About the Playwright:

John Boynton Priestley, OM (1894-1984), known as J.B. Priestley, was an English novelist, playwright and broadcaster. He published 26 novels and numerous dramas, including the classic thriller An Inspector Calls.