Historic Photo Gallery: 1947 to 1954
The Iceman Cometh
by Eugene O'Neill arrived at the Walnut on April 7, 1947.
It had been a dozen years since the last O'Neill piece played Philadelphia,
and the production was highly anticipated. The play had opened on Broadway in
1946 without an out-of-town tryout, and received mixed reviews. When the production
was revived in 1956, however, it was fully realized as a masterpiece.
Above is a reading of the play with the original cast and playwright Eugene
O'Neill (center, in suit.) (Photograph courtesy of the Theatre Collection,
Free Library of Philadelphia.)