Irma La Douce

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Irma La Douce [1] is a 1956 French musical with music by Marguerite Monnot [2] and lyrics and book by Alexandre Breffort. Premiered in Paris in 1956.

The original text

Translations and adaptations

The English lyrics and book (1958), under the same title, are by Julian More, David Heneker [3] and Monty Norman [4].

Performance history in South Africa

1960: Staged in English by the Brian Brooke Company in a production by Brian Brooke, featuring Heather Lloyd-Jones (Irma), Siegfried Mynhardt (Bob), Michael Fisher (Jojo), Russell White (Roberto), Michael McGovern (Percil), Tommy Tucker (Frangipane), John Whiteley (Polyte), Robert Haber (Nestor) and others. Decor by John Foxen, musical direction by Jack Dent, choreography by Frank Staff and stage management by Mannie Manim (credited as Manuel Mannim). This production toured all the major cities and the Rhodesias.

1981: Presented by the Arts Theatre Club at the Guild Theatre, directed by Dennis Versfeld.


Brian Brooke theatre programme, 1960 (copy held by NELM [Collection: KORT, Maurice]: 2012. 379. 17. 61).

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

Arts Theatre Club archive held by George Mountjoy.

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