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Hassan is a play in five acts by English playwright and poet James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915) [1].

The original text

Published by Heinemann in 1922: Hassan : the story of Hassan of Bagdad and how he came to make the Golden Journey to Samarkand : a play in five acts.

First produced in 1923.

In 1951 Basil Dean produced Hassan in London for the Festival of Britain celebrations. The cast was André Huguenet, Hilda Simms, Elizabeth Sellars, Frederick Valk, Arthur Lowe. Director: Basil Dean. Choreography of ballets: Marie Rambert; decor: Motley.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1950: A lavish production was done by NTO, in conjunction with African Consolidated Theatres, under the direction of Basil Dean, featuring André Huguenet (Hassan), Lydia Lindeque, Jobie Stewart, Harry Sarber, Doreen Mantle, Frank Wise (as the Caliph), Siegfried Mynhardt (Ishak), James Norval, Emgee Pretorius, Johann Nell, Dan Welman, Charles Stodel and others. Decor and costumes by Geoffrey Long. This production was staged at several venues countrywide, among others at His Majesty's Theatre, Johannesburg and the Alhambra Theatre, Cape Town, in October 1950.


Hassan theatre programme, 1950.

Trek, 14(9):40, 1950.

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