Le Malade Imaginaire
The original text
Written in 1673, and first performed on 10 February 1673 at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal in Paris. Originally choreographed by Pierre Beauchamp . A satire on the medical profession of his time, it was to be Moliere's last play.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1953: The A.F.H. van Dijk translation was performed as Die Iepekonders by National Theatre Organisation, with 231 performances on its South African tour. Directed by Hermien Dommisse for the NTO, with André Huguenet, Gracelina Bosman (replaced by Elsa Fouché on tour), Fay Engelbrecht (replaced by Berdine Grünewald on tour), Helena Louw, Danie Smuts, Patrick Mynhardt, Michal Grobbelaar, Jannie Gildenhuys, Bryan Bales, Louw Verwey, Elma Krynauw.
1967: The Grütter English translation was staged by PACT, directed by German director Walter Czaschke, featuring Alec Bell (Argan), Maureen McAllister (Beline), Madeleine le Roux (Angelique), Kerry Jordan (Beralde), John Mitchell (Cleante), Siegfried Mynhardt (Mr Diafoirus), Frank Lazarus (Thomas Diafoirus), Francois Swart (Mr Purgon), David Salton (Mr Fieurant), Arthur Hall ( Mr Bonnefoi) and Margaret Fry (Toinette). Decor by Raimond Schoop and costumes by Clarence Wilson.
1994: Performed in Afrikaans as Ipekonders (Luwes translation) in the H.B. Thom Theatre, Stellenbosch, by the University of Stellenbosch Drama Department in September 1994. Directed by Herman Pretorius with Chris Vorster, Lisl Wolmarans, Franci Swanepoel, Martelize Kolver, Nicole Holm, Paul du Toit, Gaerin Hauptfleisch, Malan Steyn, Francois Toerien and others.
2009: Performed in Afrikaans as Ipekonders in the Scaena Theatre, Bloemfontein by Facts, directed by Nico Luwes with Gerben Kamper, Hanna von Wielligh, Stephanie Brink, JP du Plessis, Leendert de Jager, Kingdom Moshounyane, Bea van der Vyver, Lulu Botha, Gustav Gerdener, Cornel van Zyl and Hanno van Heerden.
"Moliere" in Wikipedia
"The Imaginary Invalid" in Wikipedia
"Le Malade imaginaire" in Wikipedia
Die Iepekonders theatre programme, 1953; Helikon, 2(9):16.a
Rinie Stead, 1985b
PACT theatre programme, 1967.
H.B. Thom Theatre programme, 1994.
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