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Bell, Book and Candle

By John Van Druten

THE STORY: Gillian Holroyd is one of the few modern people who can actually cast spells and perform feats of supernaturalism. She casts a spell over an unattached publisher, Shepherd Henderson, partly to keep him away from a rival and partly because she is attracted to him. He falls head over heels in love with her at once and wants to marry her. But witches, unfortunately, cannot fall in love, and this minute imperfection leads into a number of difficulties. Ultimately, the lady breaks off with her companions in witchery, preferring the normal and human love offered her by the attractive publisher. But before the happy conclusion of the romance, Gillian comes very near to losing him—but doesn’t.

  • Gillian Holroyd (Jen Cart) and Shep Henderson (Mike Clements) discuss her unusual aunt.

John Van Druten

John van Druten was born in 1901 in London, England. His first successful play was YOUNG WOODLEY, produced in 1928. His best-known plays, primarily light comedies, include OLD ACQUAINTANCE (1940), THE VOICE OF THE TURTLE (1943), I REMEMBER MAMA (1944), BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE (1950), and I AM A CAMERA (1951). After several years and considerable success in the U.S., he became an American citizen in 1944. He passed away in 1957.