Dirty Linen and New-Found-Land

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Dirty Linen and New-Found-Land is the title of a linked pair of plays (Dirty Linen and New-Found-Land) by Tom Stoppard (1937- )[1].

The two plays are always performed together as Dirty Linen and New-Found-Land, with New-Found-Land interrupting the two parts of Dirty Linen.

The original text

The pair of plays was first performed in 1976 for two months at the Almost Free Theatre [2] in London, after which it moved to the Arts Theatre [3] on the West End for the next four years.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1977: First produced in South Africa by Pieter Toerien, directed by Peter Bowles at the Johannesburg Civic and the Nico Malan Theatre, Cape Town. The Dirty Linen cast were: Moira Downie (Maddie), Sandy Robertson (Cocklebury-Smythe, M.P.), John Challis (McTeazle, M.P.), Ron Smerczak (Chamberlain, M.P.), Peter Bowles (Chairman Withenshaw, M.P.), Naomi Buch (Mrs Ebury, M.P.), Martin Aylott (French, M.P.) and Jack Payne (Home Secretary). The New-Found-Land cast were: Richard Warwick (Arthur) and Charles Hawtrey (Bernard).



Theatre programme held by NELM: [Collection: FARMER, Anthony]: 2007. 18. 13. 346 and [Collection: THEATRE PROGRAMMES]: 2012. 285. 1. 82.

Pieter Toerien theatre programme (undated).

Tucker, 1997.

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