Het Hemelbed: toneelspel in drie bedrijven (“The Heaven Bed: a play in three acts”) is a 1951 two-hander play by Dutch author Jan de Hartog (1914-2002) .
The original text
Translations and adaptations
The Fourposter,  the English version by the playwright, premiered on Broadway in October 1951.
Performance history in South Africa
1954: The Fourposter was presented by the Brian Brooke Company starring English actors Michael and Dulcie Dennison. Set by Frank Graves. Toured to Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown, East London, King Williams Town, Durban’s Little Theatre, Christmas season 1954.
1963: The Le Roux translation was presented as Die Hemelbed by Kaapse Streektoneel on tour to Clanwilliam, Van Rhynsdorp, Nieuwoudtville, Williston, Fraserburg and Calvinia starring Tine Balder and Pieter Geldenhuys, directed by Paul Malherbe. This production was also presented by SUKOVS in the same year.
1964: The Le Roux translation, Die Dubbelbed was presented by PACT in the Intimate Theatre, Johannesburg, the National Theatre, Pretoria and toured the Transvaal. Pieter Geldenhuys directed and acted with Joan Brink. Decor by Raimond Schoop and costumes by Margaret Louttit.
Brooke 1978. 250.
Kaapse Streektoneel programme, 1963.
PACT report, 1963/64.
PACOFS theatre programme 1973.
PACT theatre programme 1974.
NAPAC theatre programme (undated).
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