Roald Dahl

The Honeys

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“Early in 1955 he [Roald Dahl] wrote a play called The Honeys. Based on some of the stories from Someone Like You, the play revolves around two sisters who decide to murder their husbands. The Honeys opened on Broadway on 28 April 1955 and starred Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, and Dorothy Strickney. Although it received some good notices, it ran for only 36 performances. Its short run, combined with the difficulties that Dahl had with the play’s director, convinced Dahl to stick to short-story writing.”

– From Roald Dahl, by Mark I. West.


  • Cast:
    • Jessica Tandy as Mary (Mrs. Bennett Honey)
    • Dorothy Stickney as Maggie (Mrs. Curtis Honey)
    • Hume Cronyn as Bennett Honey
    • Christopher Labatt as Curtis Honey (Bennett’s twin brother)
    • Mary Finney as Nellie Fleischman
    • Hale Broun as Maloney Heywood
    • Len Doyle as O’Dwyer
    • Paul Lipson as Inspector White
  • Crew:
    • Director: Reginald Denham
    • Playwright: Roald Dahl
    • Producer: Cheryl Crawford
    • Set designer: Ben Edwards
    • Costumes: Motley
    • Stage Manager: Paul A. Foley

Trivia: “Christopher Labatt”, the actor who played Curtis Bennett, didn’t actually exist. It was a pseudonym for Hume Cronyn, who played both Curtis and Bennett.


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Note: This program was from the initial try-out run in Boston. By the time the show premiered on Broadway a month later, the director Reginald Denham had resigned and the roles of Paul Lipson and Heywood Hale Broun were cut.