The Lantern

by Brian Way


Age Advice: Grades 4 - 6

The Lantern was first produced by Theatre Centre in 1962. It was written and directed by the author and toured throughout the British Isles for a year.

The only thing known for certain about the Lantern was that it could light; there were even theories about when – some of these were based on phases of the moon, some on fortune telling, most on rumour. Naturally, people who live a long way from the actual sight of the Lantern knew much more about it than people who lived rather near to it – not that anyone lives very near, because this particular part of the coast is rocky and barren, and the Lantern itself sticks up precariously from the cluster of rocks a little way out to sea.


(Two men and two women)


Creative Team

Writer: Brian Way
Director: Brian Way

The information on this page has been gathered from archive materials and is incomplete. Do you have more information about this play, or were you involved in its production? Let us know by leaving a comment below or contacting us.

A copy of the script is held by the British Library.

"The strange truth is - aye, tis a stranger truth than any monster that come out of the ocean - that strange truth is that nobody knows who put that lantern


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