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Berkeley Square (1929), a drama in three acts by John L. Balderston. [ Lyceum Theatre, 229 perf.]Berkeley Square (1929), a drama in three acts by John L. Balderston. [ Lyceum Theatre, 229 perf.] In 1784 a young American, Peter Standish, comes to London to marry Kate Pettigrew (Valerie Taylor). In 1928 his descendant, also named Peter Standish (Leslie Howard), has read all of his ancestor's diaries and correspondence and believes he knows the older man so well that he could exchange places with him, which he promptly does. But transported to the 18th century, things do not progress as smoothly for Standish as he had hoped, falling in love with Kate's sister Helen (Margalo Gillmore). Once back in the 20th century, Peter learns from a tombstone that Helen died shortly after the original Peter resumed his rightful role. He tells his 20th‐century sweetheart that he has decided to remain a bachelor, so she leaves as he slowly reads the inscription he has copied from the grave. Heywood Broun in the Telegram called it “easily the finest play now to be seen in New York,” while Burns Mantle in his Best Plays observed, “It is neither fantasy nor straight drama, but an artful combination of the two.” Howard and Gilbert Miller produced the drama that was based on Henry James's unfinished A Sense of the Past. John L[loyd] BALDERSTON (1889–1954), a Philadelphia native who claimed descent from Betsy Ross, went to England as a journalist after failing to graduate from Columbia College. He wrote several successful plays while overseas, including a dramatization of Dracula presented in New York in 1927. His Red Planet was produced in 1932 and his last years were spent writing horror films in Hollywood.
- Lansdowne House
- "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" — a 1940 song written by Manning Sherwin and Eric Maschwitz, associated in England with singer Vera Lynn or in America with the Glenn Miller Band, and a 1979 film directed by Ralph Thomas.
- Berkeley Square, the 1933 film starring Leslie Howard
- The Ghosts of Berkeley Square, 1947 film starring Robert Morley and Felix Aylmer
- Horror at Number 50, Case 4 in the amateur adventure game series Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator.
- Berkeley Square, a 1998 TV mini-series produced by, and shown on, the BBC.
- 50 Berkeley Square, a building described as The Most Haunted House in London.
- The Fleming Collection, a large private collection of Scottish art held in the square.