Time and the Conways

Elizabeth McGovern starred in the first Broadway staging of J. B. Priestley's play since its premiere in 1938.

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In 1919 Britain, Mrs. Conway is full of optimism during her daughter's lavish 21st birthday celebration. The Great War is over, wealth is in the air, and the family's dreams bubble over like champagne. Jump 19 years into the future, though, and the Conways' lives have transformed unimaginably.

Eligible Performer in a Leading Role: Elizabeth McGovern


  • The play takes place in both 1919 and 1937 in the same room of the house. It is said to have been inspired by Priestly’s reading of the J. W. Dunne book An Experiment with Time, which discusses how humans experience the passage of time.
  • Time and the Conways was adapted as a Russian film in 1984, directed by Vladimir Basov. It was then adapted for television in 1985 by the BBC and has also been performed as a radio drama.


J. B. Priestly’s play premiered in London’s West End in 1937 and opened on Broadway the following year. This was its first Broadway revival.


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