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St Helena
Written byR.C. Sheriff
CharactersNapoleon Bonaparte
Date premiered4 February 1936
Place premieredOld Vic London
Original languageEnglish
SettingLongwood House, St. Helena, 1815

St Helena: a play in twelve scenes is a play by the English author R. C. Sherriff (notable as the author of the First World War drama Journey's End) and Jeanne de Casalis (who also researched it). It deals with the exile of Napoleon I on Saint Helena. In a production by Henry Cass, it premiered at the Old Vic on 4 February 1936 to poor reviews, but was rescued by a letter to The Times by Winston Churchill, calling it "a remarkable play" and "a work of art of a very high order"; though a West End transfer also proved unsuccessful.[1][2]

Original cast

Broadway production

The play opened at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre in October 1936, with Maurice Evans as Napoleon, and ran for 63 performances.[3]



  1. ^ Wearing, J. P. (May 15, 2014). The London Stage 1930-1939: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9780810893047 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Production of St Helena | Theatricalia".
  3. ^ "St. Helena – Broadway Play – Original | IBDB".