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The Playboy of the West Indies

The Playboy of the West Indies

Mustapha Matura

Oberon Books

Based on J M Synge’s Playboy of the Western World.


Playboy of the West Indies opened at the Oxford Playhouse in 1984 and subsequently toured the UK finishing at the Tricycle Theatre in London. It has also enjoyed huge success in the United States, most notably at The Court Theatre, Chicago; Arena Stage, Washington; New Jersey and Yale Rep. The Court Theatre Chicago's production was nominated for four Jefferson Awards. There was an extremely successful revival of the play at the Lincoln Center, New York in 1993. Mustapha also wrote the television adaptation, screened on BBC2 in 1985.


Mustapha Matura won the George Devine and John Whiting awards in 1971 for his first full-length stage play 'As Time Goes By', which was staged at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh and at the Royal Court, London. He has since written extensively for stage, screen and radio. In 1991 Mustapha received the Trinidad and Tobago Government Scarlet Ibis Award for achievement. He is currently developing a number of projects for television and stage.

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