WorldCat Identities

Simpson, N. F. (Norman Frederick) 1919-2011

Overview
Works: 95 works in 326 publications in 3 languages and 3,521 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Periodicals  Serial publications  One-act plays  History 
Roles: Author, Dedicatee, Other, Translator
Classifications: PR6037.I712, 822.914
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by N. F Simpson
One way pendulum : a farce in a new dimension by N. F Simpson( Book )

52 editions published between 1960 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 678 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cresta Run by N. F Simpson( Book )

16 editions published between 1965 and 1967 in English and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Was he anyone? by N. F Simpson( Book )

10 editions published between 1973 and 2009 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Simpson's new play concerns the preoccupations of the National Help You Out Committee with the fate of a man drowning in the Mediterranean. The action of the play covers 27 1/2 months during which Albert Whitbrace's lifebelt becomes increasingly waterlogged and the Bay of Naples is put firmly on the tourist map. His death removes an object of concern from the public eye - though it does give people the chance of collecting for his widow. -- Book cover
A resounding tinkle: a comedy by N. F Simpson( Book )

46 editions published between 1957 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A number of unrelated actions take place which, as the character representing the author explains, each member of the audience is free to interpret as he wishes
New English dramatists( )

in English and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Most of what follows is a complete waste of time' : monologues, dialogues, sketches and other writings by N. F Simpson( )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'A one-off from the word go, and no history of English humour could overlook him.' Tom StoppardN. F. Simpson (1919-2011) was a leading exponent of the Theatre of the Absurd, with the Royal Court classics A Resounding Tinkle (1957) and One Way Pendulum (1959) sealing his reputation as a comic master with a subtle philosophical undertow. Emerging during a revolutionary period in British theatre, Simpson rose to prominence alongside Harold Pinter, John Osborne and Arnold Wesker. His work has been embraced and performed by comedy legends including Spike Milligan, Eric Sykes, Beryl Reid and Dick Emery. His influence spread widely, from Peter Cook's much loved character E.L. Wisty to Monty Python's Flying Circus, and helped spawn a generation of outstanding comic talent. This authorised collection presents the best of Simpson's short works for audiences new and old. Featuring more than sixty pieces from across six decades, the full spectrum of an extraordinary career is brought together in one volume for the first time: monologues, sketches, criticism and poetry, written for radio, television, stage and print. It includes all of Simpson's anarchic collaborations with Willie Rushton for Private Eye, a generous selection of previously unseen pieces from his final manuscript, as well as a critical introduction by Simpson collaborator Simon Usher
A resounding tinkle : a play in one act by N. F Simpson( Book )

8 editions published in 1958 in English and Undetermined and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Man overboard : a testimonial to the high art of incompetence by N. F Simpson( Book )

3 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some tall tinkles: television plays by N. F Simpson( Book )

9 editions published in 1968 in English and Undetermined and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The hole : a play in one act by N. F Simpson( Book )

8 editions published between 1958 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The form : a play in one act by N. F Simpson( Book )

15 editions published between 1961 and 1978 in 3 languages and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Harry Bleachbaker : a novel by N. F Simpson( Book )

4 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sketches from One to another by John Mortimer( Book )

3 editions published in 1960 in English and Undetermined and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

If so, then yes by N. F Simpson( )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I shall shortly be eighty-eight. High time to be giving serious thought to the direction my life should be taking. In an upper-crust retirement home, Geoffrey Wythenshaw sits down to write his memoir. But he faces constant interruption from his fellow residents, attending staff and an invasion of downmarket pensioners from the Cairngorms. Some of them seek his wisdom, others only distraction. Examining with heart and humour what it means to grow old, N. F. Simpson's 'If So, Then Yes' premiered at the Jermyn Street Theatre, London, in September 2010, in a production by Presence Theatre
Inner voices by Eduardo De Filippo( Book )

2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... The play is about two neighbouring households in Naples and the effect on them of what they had lived through for the previous twenty years or so. There had been Fascist dictatorship, and war, and military occupation by both German 'allies' and British and American 'liberators' and the poverty which was and is a permanent feature of life in Naples, had become near-starvation"--Intro. p. [5]
One Way Pendulum by N. F Simpson( Book )

10 editions published between 1900 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The hole, and other plays and sketches by N. F Simpson( Book )

14 editions published between 1958 and 1966 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collected plays by N. F Simpson( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gladly otherwise by N. F Simpson( )

4 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

N.F. Simpson led the twentieth-century British absurdist movement. 'Gladly Otherwise' is a short early sketch, first performed as part of the revue 'One to Another' at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith in 1959. It takes place in a suburban home occupied by a couple; while the husband hides in a corner, his wife is assailed by an officious-looking man, complete with rolled umbrella and bowler hat. It is unclear as to exactly who this suggestive handle fetishist might be, but he happily takes over the Brandywines' home, inspecting their gadgets while barely suppressing his accusatory tone throughout
The Hole : a play by N. F Simpson( Book )

2 editions published in 1958 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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A resounding tinkle : a play in one act
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A resounding tinkle : a play in one actIf so, then yesGladly otherwise
Alternative Names
N. F. Simpson Brits toneelschrijver (1919-2011)

N. F. Simpson écrivain britannique

N. F. Simpson englischer Dramatiker

N. F. Simpson escritor británico

Norman Frederick Simpson

Norman Frederick Simpson britský dramatik

Norman Frederick Simpson drammaturgo britannico

Simpson, N. F.

Simpson, N. F. 1919-

Simpson, N. F. 1919-2011

Simpson, N. F. (Norman Frederick), 1919-

Simpson, Norman Frederick

Simpson, Norman Frederick 1919-

Simpson, Norman Frederick 1919-2011

Languages
English (211)

German (1)

Danish (1)