I Remember Mama
The original play
Based on the fictionalized memoir Mama's Bank Account by American writer and memoirist Kathryn Forbes (1908-1966) , it focuses on the Hanson family, a loving family of Norwegian immigrants living at 115 Steiner Street (identified as Larkin Hill in the 1948 film) in San Francisco in the 1910s.
Produced by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, the Broadway production opened on October 19, 1944 at the Music Box Theatre and ran for 713 performances. The cast included Mady Christians, Oscar Homolka, Joan Tetzel and Marlon Brando, making his Broadway debut as Nels.
Performances in South Africa
1954: The Le Roux Afrikaans translation was performed by National Theatre Organisation, playing for 263 performances. It was directed by Aletta Gericke and starred Johann Nell, Wena Naudé, Mathilde Hanekom, Martie Groenewald, Reenen van Niekerk, Bobbette Fouché, Nilo Naudé-van Zijl, Eghard van der Hoven, Daan Retief, Elsa Fouché, Tilana Hanekom and Helix Meyer. Decor by Kobus Esterhuysen, costumes by Ann Case, lighting by Harry Ligoff.
1983: The Le Roux Afrikaans translation was staged by PACT, directed by Louis van Niekerk, featuring Marga van Rooy (Mamma), Nico Liebenberg (Pappa), Elise Hibbert (Katrin), Jocelyn Broderick (Christine), Albert Raphael (Mnr Hyde), Johan Engelbrecht (Nels), Petru Wessels (Tante Trina), Alida Theron (Tante Sigrid), Marie Pentz (Tante Jenny), David van der Merwe (Oom Chris), Schalk Schoombie (Mnr Thorkelson), Rita Ehlers (Die Vrou), Leonard Moss (Dr Johnson), Ilse Swanepoel (Verpleegster), Adri van der Merwe (Verpleegster), Marie Hoogenraad (Mej Moorhead), Hennie Bouwer or Pierre de Villiers (Arne), Magdel-Marie Smith or Riette van Staden (Dagmar) and Arthur Masekwemeng (Kelner). Design by Gloria Lovegrove and lighting by Michael Lovegrove.
19**: The Le Roux Afrikaans translation was staged by the Bellville Afrikaans Theatre Society (B.A.T.), directed by Iris Roux, with Magdalena Leibbrandt (Katrin), Ralda Stopforth (Mamma), Martin van Niekerk (Pappa), Coenie Cerff (Nels), Roosmarie Bam (Christine), Bettie Kemp (Dagmar), Tossie Lochner (Tante Trina), Madeleine Viljoen (Tante Jenny), Christelle Human/Elaine de Wet (Tante Sigrid), Gerrit van der Merwe (Oom Chris), Reg van Niekerk (Mnr Hyde), Dirk Potgieter (Dr Johnson), Roy Niemann (Pieter Thorkelson), Marlene Cerff (Verpleegster), Dorothea van Schalkwyk (Die Vrou) and Pierre Knoesen (Arne). Decor by Coenie Cerff and costumes by Rakla Stopforth.
South African Opinion, 4(1):23, 1947.
Undated newspaper clipping found in a scrapbook prepared by Sophie Snyman, student in Speech and Drama at the University of Stellenbosch, dated 1951.
NTO theatre programme, 1954.
PACT theatre programme, 1983.
B.A.T. theatre programme (undated)
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