Auntie Mame

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Auntie Mame is a stage adaptation by Jerome Lawrence[1] of the eponymous novel by Patrick Dennis[2]

The original text

The 1955 novel by Patrick Dennis chronicles the madcap adventures of a boy, Patrick, growing up as the ward of the sister of his dead father. It was adap0ted for the stage by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee and first performed on Broadway in 1956, directed by Morton da Costa and starring Rosalind Russel.


A film version was made in 1958 , after which followed the 1966 musical Mame by Jerry Herman, with Angela Lansbury in the lead, of which a 1974 film version was made with Lucille Ball and Bea Arthur.

Performance history in South Africa

1965: Auntie Mame first produced in South Africa at the Brooke Theatre, directed by Taubie Kushlick with Shirley Hepburn in the title role. Costumes by Adam Leslie.


Percy Tucker, 1997: p. 205.

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