Staircase is a
two-character play by Charles
Dyer about an aging gay couple who own a barber shop in the
East End of
One of them is a part-time actor
about to go on trial for propositioning a police
officer. The action takes place over the course of one night as
they discuss their loving but often volatile past together and
possible future without each other.
named his characters
Charles Dyer (after himself) and Harry C. Leeds, which is an
of his name.
In 1966 it was produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company
and Patrick Magee
directed by Barry Morse opened on
January 10, 1968 at the Biltmore Theatre, where it played for 12 previews and 61 performances.
and Milo O'Shea
, who was nominated for the Tony
Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
The play was adapted into a 1969
by 20th Century Fox
written by Dyer and directed by Stanley
, starring Rex Harrison
as the couple. The
film was considered a critical and commercial failure.