I Am a Camera

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I Am a Camera is a 1951 Broadway play by English playwright and theatre director John Van Druten [1] (1901-1957) based on the novel Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood. In the original Broadway production the leading role of Sally Bowles was taken by Julie Harris, who also played in the 1955 film version opposite Laurence Harvey. The film was directed by South African-born Henry Cornelius. In the 1954 London production the role of Sally Bowles was played by Dorothy Tutin.

The original text

Translations and adaptations

The stage musical Cabaret was based on this play.

Performance history in South Africa

Ruth Oppenheim staged this play at the Windmill Theatre in Johannesburg. It opened on 12 October 1955 and featured Tessa Laubscher as Sally Bowles. Others in the cast were Stanley Coghan, Ziona Bonell, Jacinta Roseira, Jeanne Pratt, Hans Kann (Hans Kaniuk) and George Dilley. The decor was designed by Saxon Lucas. Subsequently the play went on tour to Pretoria and Vereeniging before returning to the Windmill Theatre.

Produced by the Brian Brooke Company, date and venue unknown.


Wikipedia [2]

Tucker, 1997. 79.

Photocopies of programmes for productions by the Brian Brooke Company, held by NELM: [Collection: ASCH, Valda]: 2005. 65. 7. 11.

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