The Rock


The Rock
A Pageant Play Written for Performance at Sadler’s Wells Theatre 28 May – 9 June 1934 on Behalf of the Forty-Five Churches Fund of the Diocese of London.
London, Faber & Faber Limited, 1934.

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The Rock


The Rock was a pageant play with words by T. S. Eliot and music by Martin Shaw, first performed at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London on 28 May 1934.

In a prefatory note Eliot disclaimed full responsibility for the text, saying “I cannot consider myself the author of the “play”, but only of the words which are printed here.” By Eliot’s account, the text was written in collaboration with director E. Martin Browne and R. Webb-Odell.


First edition, hardcover issue, second impression, inscribed by Eliot to his niece on front free endpaper ‘”to/Theodora Eliot Smith/with love from/T. S. Eliot/[underline]”, 8vo., 86pp., publisher’s grey paper over boards, spine lettered in blue, without dust-jacket, some rubbing, darkening to spine and board-edges, minor foxing to endpapers.

Provenance: T.S. Eliot’s niece Theodora Eliot Smith, whose papers relating to T.S. Eliot and the Eliot family can be found in the Houghton Library, Harvard University.


Gallup A26.


Stock ID: 96656