A Phoenix too Frequent

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A Phoenix too Frequent (1936) is a comedy by English poet and playwright Christopher Fry (1907-2005) [1].

The original text

Published by Oxford University Press, 1949.


Translated into Dutch by Bert Voeten as Ales een phoenix. Published by De Beuk, 1957.

Performance history in South Africa

19**: Fred Engelen directed a play-reading of A Phoenix too Frequent for the CAPAB Library Players, with Val Donald (Dynamene), Anne Porter (Doto) and Fitz Morley (Tegeus-Chromis), which was performed in libraries across the Cape Province, as far as the Eastern Cape.

1949: Presented by the University of Cape Town’s Speech and Drama Department at the Little Theatre in August, directed by Joyce Burch.

1961: Presented by the University of Cape Town's University Dramatic Society at the Little Theatre in July, directed by John Pikoulis.

1965: Produced by Joan Greyvenstein for University Theatre Stellenbosch in the Bothasaal (Botha Hall) in 1965, starring Sarita Minnaar, Sjoukje Strydom and Piers Nicholson.

1968: Directed by Joan Brickhill and Louis Burke for the Tavern Theatre, Pretoria, opening 2 December 1968. Cast: Sybil Ferguson, Maureen McAllister, Louis Burke.

1972: In 1972 it ran as a lunch-hour presentation at The Space (Cape Town), directed by Robin Malan. The cast consisted of Yvonne Bryceland, Val Donald and Christopher Prophet, with Alastair Johnstone as stage manager and lighting designer.

1977: Port Elizabeth Shakespearean Festival [P.E.S.F.] starring Helen Wilkins, Jean Young.

1990: Presented by Arts Incorporated on the Fringe, National Arts Festival.


CAPAB Library Players theatre programme (undated).

Photographs held by NELM (1977 production):[Collection: MANN, Bruce]: 2008. 2. 3. 37.

Inskip, 1972.

Astbury 1979.

Grütter, Wilhelm, CAPAB 25 Years, 1987. Unpublished research. p 414)

UTS theatre pamphlet

Teater SA, 1(3), 1969.

National Arts festival programme, 1990. p.135.

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