Le Chapeau de Paille d'Italie

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Le Chapeau de Paille d'Italie is a five-act farce by French dramatist Eugène Labiche (1815–1888).

The original text

Translations and adaptations

Translated into English as The Italian Straw Hat by **

Translated into Afrikaans by Rita Elferink with the title Die Italiaanse Strooihoed.

Performance history in South Africa

1953: Leonard Schach directed the Little Theatre Players in the English translation at the Little Theatre in December . Décor by Frank Graves, costumes by Doreen Graves. The cast: Felicity Bosman, Yvonne Bryceland, Jane Fenn, I.M. Grusd, Donald Inskip, Charles Johnman, Diana Lazar, Marjorie McCall, Paul Malherbe.

1966: The Elferink Afrikaans translation Die Italiaanse Strooihoed was staged by PACT in the Nasionale Skouburg (Pretoria) and the Kleinteater (Johannesburg), directed by Francois Swart, featuring Francois Swart/Franz Marx (Fadinard), Johan Botha (Vezinet), Petru Wessels (Anais), Marius Weyers (Emile Tavernier & Achille), Carel Trichardt (Nonancourt), Sandra Kotze (Helene), Louw Verwey (Bobin), Anna Cloete (Maman & Barones), Marga van Rooy (Clara), James Norval (Tardiveau), Louis van Niekerk (Beauperthuis), Thea Kirstein (Virginie), Willem Vermaas (Felix) and others. Sets and costumes by Chris van den Berg. After the runs in Pretoria and Johannesburg the production went on tour to other centres in South Africa.


PACT theatre programme, 1966.

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

Siener in die Suburbs theatre programme containing a list of actors and their roles for TRUK 1965-1971.

Inskip, 1977. p 119

Copy of stage manager text for PACT production, Drama Department archive, Stellenbosch University.

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