Five Finger Exercise.

"The trouble is if you don’t spend your life yourself, other people spend it for you": First Edition of Five Finger Exercise; Signed by Peter Shaffer

Five Finger Exercise.


Item Number: 102644

London: Hamish Hamilton, 1958.

First edition of Shaffer’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “From Sir Peter Shaffer.” Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket photograph by Angus McBean. A nice example.

It follows a few days in the lives of the Harringtons, who are at war. While the husband and wife fight each other, the son and daughter are on the same path. Then, when a music teacher comes in, things begin to change, until other things start to threaten the peace. The play premièred at the Comedy Theatre in London's West End in February 1959, and opened at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway on December 2, 1959 and closed October 1, 1960 after 337 performances. The young Juliet Mills, a teenager at the time, played the role of Pamela Harrington, and was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance. It was made into the 1962 film directed by Daniel Mann and produced by Frederick Brisson starring Rosalind Russell, Jack Hawkins, Richard Beymer, Maximilian Schell, and Annette Gorman.

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