Forty Carats
Broadway Playbill with June Allyson
Written byJay Presson Allen
Date premieredDecember 26, 1968 (1968-12-26)
Place premieredMorosco Theatre
New York City

Forty Carats is a play by Jay Presson Allen. Adapted from the French original by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Gredy [fr], the comedy revolves around a 40-year-old American divorcee who is assisted by a 22-year-old when her car breaks down during a vacation in Greece.[1][2] Their ensuing romantic interlude changes from a brief encounter to a potentially serious relationship when he turns up on her New York City doorstep to take her 17-year-old daughter on a date. Finding the attraction between them still irresistibly strong, she must overcome her resistance to a May–December romance while contending with her mother, ex-husband, and a real estate client who would like to discuss more than business.

After two previews, the Broadway production, directed by Abe Burrows,[3] opened on December 26, 1968, at the Morosco Theatre, where it ran for 780 performances. The opening-night cast included Julie Harris, Franklin Cover, Glenda Farrell, Murray Hamilton, Nancy Marchand, Marco St John, and Michael Nouri.

Julie Harris won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play,[4] in the lead role and she was succeeded by June Allyson,[3] Joan Fontaine, and Zsa Zsa Gabor throughout the run.

The 1973 film adaptation starred Liv Ullmann.


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  2. ^ Johnson, Mary (October 19, 2000). "Bowie theater's fast-paced 'Forty Carats' is a jewel of a play despite its weak start". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Schumach, Murray (January 6, 1970). "A 'Terrified' June A llyson Wins Plaudits as Star of 'Forty Carats'". The New York Times. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  4. ^ "Julie Harris, actor who won six Tony awards, dies at 87". The Guardian. August 24, 2013. Retrieved May 26, 2021.