Don Juan in Hell

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Don Juan in Hell is a play by George Bernard Shaw[1] (1856 – 1950).

The original text

Based on the Don Juan legend, the text is a dream sequence, a debate between Juan, the Devil, the Commander and Doña Ana, about the respective the advantages of Hell (art, beauty, love, pleasure) and Heaven (rational discourse and promulgation of the Life Force). Taken from Act III of Shaw's Man and Superman, it is today often performed as an independent play under this title, and has also been published as such.

It was first performed on 4 June 1907 in this way at the Royal Court Theatre, London.

Performance history in South Africa

1961: Produced by Cecil Williams in September.


The South African Theatre, Music and Dance, 1(1), 1939. 63.

Theatre programme (1961) held by NELM: [Collection: ASCH, Valda]: 2005. 65. 1. 10.

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