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About the Play

In this newly reinvented version, Jessica Medlicott (JoBeth Williams), once a great actress, is now a beautiful and wealthy widow. She is accused of “breach of promise” by a handsome young Naval officer who claims she promised to marry him.


Due to the Great Depression of 1929, Jessica’s late husband left her, like so many others, on the edge of financial ruin.   She cannot afford to lose this case.  Her only hope may be the greatest barrister in all of London, Sir Arthur Granville Jones (Peter Strauss). Jessica Medlicott is no ordinary client and the sparks that fly as she drives Sir Arthur to distraction keeps the audience guessing, laughing and crying until the very end. Is she guilty of “breach of promise?" Only the great Sir Arthur can get to the truth.

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