Love Letters

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There are two plays called Love Letters, one American, one South African.

Love Letters by A.R. Gurney (1991) =

Written by American playwright, novelist and academic A.R. Gurney (1930-)[1], the play chronicles the life-long relationship of a man and a woman, as reflected in their correspondence..

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1991: Produced by Pieter Toerien and directed by Janice Honeyman, with Jana Cilliers as Melissa Gardner and Sean Taylor as Andrew Makepeace Ladd. Lighting and set design by Jannie Swanepoel and costumes by Colleen Moabelo. production opened at the Richard Haines Theatre 27 September 1991.

1992: The Toerien production opened at the Theatre on the Bay on 15 January, with the same cast.

2024: Performed at The Drama Factory in Somerset West on 1 and 2 June, directed by Celia Musikanth with David Muller and Suzie Gehr.

Love Letters by Zakes Mda (1995)

A commissioned children’s play written by Zakes Mda (1948-) for the National Cultural History Museum. The title of the play refers to the age-old tradition of young men and women giving each other beads as love letters.

First published in 1998 in the collection Let Us Play (edited by Zakes Mda, Johannesburg: Vivlia Publishers [2]) .

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1995: First performed by the Windybrow Centre for the Arts to tour schools in the Transvaal, directed by Mda.


Wikipedia [3].

Love Letters theatre programme, 1992.

"Hot line-upfor chilly evenings", Bolander 29 May, 2024: P. 11.

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