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Deathtrap is a comedy-thriller in two acts by Ira Levin (1929-2007)[1].

The original text

Written in 1978, it is referred to as a play withing a play, using with one set and five characters and a plot with many twists. Following a tryout at the Wilbur Theatre, Boston, it went on to a four-year run on Broadway, opening at the Music Box Theatre under the direction of Robert Moore, February 26, 1978, before moving to the Biltmore Theatre on January 7, 1982 and closing on June 13 of that year.

It holds the record for the longest-running comedy-thriller on Broadway, and was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Play.

Translations and adaptations

It was adapted into a film starring Christopher Reeve, Michael Caine, and Dyan Cannon in 1982.

Performance history in South Africa

1978: Directed by Stockton Briggle for Pieter Toerien Productions. Performed at the Baxter Theatre (18 December 1978 to 6 January 1979) and other theatres. The cast: Peter Wyngarde, Beryl Gordon, Raymond O'Neill, Robin Dolton, Patricia Sanders.


Barrow, Brian & Williams-Short, Yvonne 1988.

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