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The Promise is a play written in 1965 by Russian playwright Aleksei Arbuzov. The story follows a young woman and two young men from their first meeting in a derelict room during the Siege of Leningrad in World War II; through the woman's marriage to one of the men, who turns out to be the "wrong" one; then finally to a new start with the "right" one.

Ariadne Nicolaeff's English translation of the play was produced in London in 1967, with a cast including Judi Dench, Ian McKellen[1] and Ian McShane.[2] A British reviewer called the play "Charmingly old-fashioned and chastely sentimental, [yet it] gave a lot of pleasure."[3] This same production, with Eileen Atkins replacing Dench, opened on November 14, 1967 at Henry Miller's Theater in New York; it ran for 23 performances.


  1. ^ "THE PROMISE (1967)". Sir Ian McKellen: Official Home Page. Retrieved 2009-10-21.  
  2. ^ Kathy Henderson. "Ian McShane". «Broadway Buzz». Retrieved 2009-10-15.  
  3. ^ "The Season In London" by Frank Marcus, in THE BEST PLAYS OF 1966-1967, edited by Otis L. Gurnsey Jr. (New York: Dodd, Mead 1967), p. 122.


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