A Nativity

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A Nativity is a pantomime written by Nicholas Ellenbogen.

Though sometimes simply referred to as Nativity in the sources (including the index to the collected works of Ellenbogen and Theatre for Africa), it is not to be confused with the play Nativity by Ian Ferguson.

The original text

The performance text is contained in Volume Four of The Complete Works of Nicholas Ellenbogen and Theatre for Africa (privately published by Theatre for Africa)

The play was the winner of the Dawie Malan Award for best South African Play (DALRO Awards) and the AA Life Vita Award.

Translations and adaptations

Adapted and co-directed by the author as a film called The Angel, the Bicycle and the Chinaman's Finger in 1992. (See the entry on the film for details.)

Performance history in South Africa

1990: Performed at the Market Theatre, directed by Ellenbogen and starring Ellis Pearson.


Theatre for Africa. (n.d.) The Complete Works of Nicholas Ellenbogen and Theatre for Africa Claremont, Cape Town.

Percy Tucker. 1997. Just the Ticket. My 50 Years in Show Business. Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press.

Various entries in the NELM catalogue.


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