Not Now, Darling

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Not Now, Darling [1] is a farce by John Chapman and Ray Cooney,


It was first staged at the Richmond Theatre, in Richmond, England, in 1967, prior to a long West End run starring Donald Sinden and Bernard Cribbins, with Jill Melford and Ann Sidney. It was adapted as a film in 1973.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Afrikaans by Wim Vorster with the title Flikflooie ("flatteries"). Later also performed as Dalk Later Liefie... ("perhaps later darling").

A musical version is entitled Once More, Darling.

Performance history in South Africa

1968: Staged in the Academy Theatre in Johannesburg, directed by the co-author Ray Cooney, with Moray Watson (Gilbert Rodley), Derek Royle (Arnold Crouch), Elizabeth Hamilton or Valerie Dunlop (Miss Tipdale), Colin Fish (Harry McMichael), Pat Sanders (Mrs Frencham), Janis Reinhardt or Charlotte Jefferay (Miss Whittington), Melody O'Brian (Janie McMichael), Ken Baker (Commander Frencham), Brenda Kerry-Osrin (Sue Lawson), Mary Harrison (Maude Bodley) and Albert Raphael (Mr Lawson).

1977: The musical version Once More, Darling had its world premiere at His Majesty's Theatre, directed by Rex Garner, starring Erica Rogers, David Morton, Derek Royle and Patricia Sanders.

1978: Rex Garner directed a production of Once More, Darling presented at the Academy Theatre of Laughter starring Erica Rogers, David Morton, Derek Royle, Barbara Morton and Patricia Sanders.

1987: Produced by Pieter Toerien, directed by Rex Garner, performed in the Baxter Theatre featuring Rex Garner, Eddie Eckstein, Nicola van der Walt, Melody O'Brian, Belinda Koning, Tammy Bonell, Anne Curteis, Timothy Welsh, Christobel D'Ortez, Grant Preston, Errol Hart.

1991: The Vorster Afrikaans translation Flikflooie presented by SUKOVS Toneel at the Bloemfontein Civic Theatre, touring to Kroonstad, Sasolburg, Vereeniging, Secunda, Klerksdorp and Welkom. Jannie Gildenhuys was the director, decor was by Johan Badenhorst, costumes and lighting by Johnny Boerstoel, sound Heidi Edeling. The cast: Hendrik Baird, Gail Hoffmann, Isadora Verwey, Marga van Rooy, Ernst Eloff, Jannie Gildenhuys, Div de Villiers, Elsabé Zietsman, Dorette Nel, Petru Wessels, Christo Compion.

201?: Performed as Dalk Later Liefie... by the Drama Departement at the University of Stellenbosch, directed by Petrus du Preez with De Klerk Oelofse, Gabriela Bishop, Annemarie Hattingh, Dayne Nel, Le Fras Mouton, Eduard de Kock, Wessel Pretorius, Hannah Borthwick, Mariechen Vosloo, Ludwig Binge and Adéle Smuts.

Sources

Wikipedia [2].

The Academy Theatre programme, 1968.

Tucker, 1997. p. 347 (musical version, 1977).

Rand Daily Mail, 22 February 1978.

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

Barrow, Brian & Williams-Short, Yvonne 1988.

Flikflooie theatre programme, 1991.

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