Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth

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Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth are two plays by Tom Stoppard (1937-)[1], written to be performed together.

The original text

Written as two interlinked plays, the first an exploration of Shakespeare's "foreign" language through a performance of Hamlet, and the second dedicated to Pavel Kohout, and presents an underground performance of Macbeth under the threat of Czech political harassment. The play was published with the instruction that "the two parts must be performed together and may not be done with any other play." (Samuel French edition, London, 1979)

The plays opened on Broadway at the 22 Steps on October 3, 1979. Published in the same year.

Performance history in South Africa

1984: Produced by students of the University of Pretoria at the National Arts Festival. Director and Set designer Welma Piek.

1985: Produced by PACOFS 1985, directed by Ken Leach, with André-Jacques van der Merwe, Marchelle Verwey

1988: Produced by students of the University of Natal at the National Arts Festival, 1988.

Translations and adaptations


National Arts Festival programmes, 1984 and 1988.

PACOFS Drama 25 Years, 1963-1988

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