Black Comedy


Writers: Peter Shaffer


Show Information

Number of Acts
First Produced
Comedy, Farce
Time & Place
south kensington, london, sunday evening, 9:30 pm, mid-1960s, brindsley miller's flat
Cast Size
Ideal for
one-act, university theatre, professional theatre, community theatre, high school theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, adult, mature adult characters


Struggling sculptor Brindsley Miller and his fiance, Carol, are having a party with the aim of impressing Carol's bombastic father, Colonel Melkett, and millionaire Georg Bamberger. They hope the two men might purchase some of Brindsley's sculptures. Without permission, they have borrowed the furniture and effects of their fussy neighbor, Harold, to make their own flat more presentable. Just before the guests arrive, the main fuse blows, plunging the flat into darkness. What follows is a frantic romp with unexpected visitors, mistaken identities, and surprises lurking in every dark corner! Only we, the audience, can see the action that ensues in the dark. As you might expect, the results are chaotic, disastrous “ and very funny, indeed! This Peter Shaffer one-act is often performed as a double-bill with another one-act he wrote, entitled The White Liars.

Lead Characters

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