Der Besuch Der Alten Dame
The original text
A classic play about revenge, telling of a woman who returns to the village after the war to seek vengeance.
First performed in German as Besuch der alten Dame at Schauspielhaus Zürich, in 1956.
Translations and adaptations
Numerous adaptations have been made over the years, including a 1964 film with Ingrid Bergman and Anthony Quinn, directed by Bernhard Wicki and a 1971 opera, with a libretto by the author and music by Gottfried von Einem. (For more on the adaptations, see the Wikipedia entry at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Visit_(play) ).
Performance history in South Africa
1962: Presented in Afrikaans as Die Besoek van die Ou Dame by Die Johannesburgse Afrikaanse Toneelkomitee at the Johannesburg Civic Theatre in 1962, with Anna Neethling-Pohl in the lead, directed by Fred Engelen.
1966: Presented in English as The Visit by CAPAB, opening 13 October 1966 at the Hofmeyr Theatre directed by the New York director Stanley Waren  starring Babs Laker, Johann Nell, Phillip Boucher, visiting British actor Michael Mellinger, Alan Prior, Michael Newell, Eric Brundl, Yvonne Bryceland, Glynn Day, Norman Ettlinger, Pietro Nolte, Norman Coombes and others. Decor and costumes by Michael Clarke.
Flyer for the Johannesburg Civic Theatre inaugural festival in 1962.
Die Loodswaaiers programme, 1966.
The Visit theatre programme, 1966.
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