The Killing of Sister George is a play by Frank Marcus dated back in the year 1964. In the year 1968, the play was adapted as a film directed by Robert Aldrich.
Stage Play: The Killing of Sister George
Sister George is a character taken from the famous radio series ‘Applehurst’, who addresses medical support and counseling to the local villagers, both concerns are also ministered by Sister George. The role is portrayed as June Buckridge played by Beryl Reid, who in real life is completely opposite of her sweet, kind and passionate role being ‘Sister George’.
Buckridge is often called as George in real life, she lives with Alice ‘Childie’ McNaught, who is often verbally, emotionally and physically abused by her. George becomes unlikely to live and work with after she knew that her character is set only to be killed.
An executive from the radio station tries to intervene with her misdirected professional and personal lives, but unfortunately she already has a plan of her own. Although the characters George and Childie are strongly expressed as lesbians, and in the latter part it is also implied that Mercy could be a lesbian too, this is never directly stated.
The play is seen as an imitation of the killing of Grace Archer in the Achers. Also, it is sometimes compared with the ‘Mrs. Dale’s Diary’ and ‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?’
In the year 1965, The Killing of Sister George was premiered at the Bristol Old Vic with its creative production directed by Val May. During the same year, the whole production and casts moved to Duke of York’s Theater situated in London.
The Broadway show had reached and performed in various theaters, including Belasco Theater (New York), St. Martin’s Theater and Duke of York’s Theater.
A comeback of the show happened in the year 2011 at the Arts Theater in London featuring the new Sister George portrayed by Meera Syal. The show still reigns in big theaters until now and is one of the longest-running Broadway shows in the history.