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The Royal Family


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About The Royal Family

Playwrights George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber take Shakespeare's dictums that “all the world's a stage where men & women merely players” and “the play's the thing” by applying it to a thinly-veiled send-up of the first family of theater, the Barrymores.  

In this stage production, the Barrymores are called the Cavendishes. Set in the home of Broadway’s most legendary acting family, conflict is always center stage as three generations of the Cavendish clan struggle with fame, egos and career-altering decisions. Outrageous road bumps and hilarious mix-ups are the daily fare for this eccentric, lovable group of stars and the supporting players in their lives. Life in the theatre triumphs in this affectionate look at the show always going on.