Hotel Paradiso (L'Hôtel du Libre échange  in the original French: "Free Exchange Hotel") is an 1894 French comedy by Georges Feydeau  and Maurice Desvallieres. The play takes place in Paris in the 19th century, and follows two Parisian households and their friends over the course of two days. The play has three acts; acts one and three take place in Monsieur Pinglet's office, while act two takes place in Hôtel du Libre échange, a small Paris hotel. The play has been translated into several other languages.
Performance history in South Africa
1971: The Afrikaans translation by Francois Swart was staged by PACT, directed by Victor Melleney with Siegfried Mynhardt (Boniface), Tine Balder (Angelique), Louis van Niekerk] (Cot), Janice Honeyman (Marcelle), George Ballot (Maxime), Sandra Prinsloo (Victoire), Don Lamprecht (Martin), Annette Engelbrecht (Violette), Elizabeth Rae (Marguerite), Elise Hibbert (Paquerette), Nan Gray (Pervenche), Paul Eilers (Anniello), Francois Stemmet (Georges), Wilna Snyman ('n Dame), Cobus Viljoen ('n Heer), Marius Weyers (Tabu & Bouchard), Jannie Lindeque (Policeman) and Danny Keogh (Policeman). Decor by Richard Cook and costumes by Robert Pollexfen.
1984: The Afrikaans translation by Francois Swart was staged by PACT, directed by William Egan and Tjaart Potgieter, with Egan (Boniface), Alida Theron (Angelique), Schalk Schoombie (Cot), Petru Wessels (Marcelle), Rufus Swart (Maxime), Jocelyn Broderick (Victoire), Pierre Knoesen (Martin), Helena Hettema (Violette), Sari van Rooyen (Marguerite), Gina Benjamin (Paquerette), Carolyn Barkhuizen (Pervenche), Kobus Kleynhans (Anniello), Johan Engelbrecht (Georges), Rita Ehlers ('n Dame), Willem van Staden ('n Heer), Francois Viljoen (Tabu & Bouchard) and James MacNamara. Decor by Stan Knight and costumes by Gloria Lovegrove.
Translations and adaptations
English Translation of L'Hotel du Libre Echange: Hotel Paradiso, Adaptation by Peter Glenville, 1957, 1960, London: Heinemann. Published by Samuel French in the USA in 1958. This is the version that was produced on Broadway. It was also the version made into a 1966 film directed by Peter Glenville.
CAPAB List of Plays Presented, 1971.
PACT list, 1972.
NELM: [Collection: KORT, Maurice]: 2012. 379. 16. 57 (Durban production, 1977).
Siener in die Suburbs theatre programme containg list of actors and their roles for TRUK 1965-1971.
PACT theatre programme, 1971.
PACT theatre programme, 1984.
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