Johnson Over Jordan

Johnson Over Jordan is a play by J.B. Priestley.

Johnson Over Jordan focuses on Robert Johnson, a meek businessman who has recently died. Now in limbo, Johnson looks back over his life while trying to reach the Inn at the End of World. On the way he encounters the Central Offices of Universal Assurance and Global Loan and Finance Corporation and the Jungle Hot Spot night club.

Johnson Over Jordan was originally produced in 1939 with Ralph Richardson as Robert Johnson.[1] was accompanied by an original score by Benjamin Britten.[2] It was revived in a 2001 production at the West Yorkshire Playhouse with Patrick Stewart in the title role.[3]

In February 2014 Bradford Grammar School was the first amateur group to have performed the play. It is so far the only school ever to have performed this play, with Daniel Sanderson taking the title role of Robert Johnson. Tom Priestley, the son of J.B. Priestley, came to see the performance and commented: "Brilliant, absolutely magnificent to see such talent and my dad would have been proud."


  1. Gaye, pp. 1118 and 1410
  2. "Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)– Paul Bunyan Overture, Piano Concerto, Johnson Over Jordan (Suite)", Naxos Records, accessed 12 January 2014
  3. "Enterprising trek to Priestley's strange new world", The Electronic Telegraph, accessed 12 January 2014


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