Also known under its full, original title as Madame Butterfly: A Tragedy of Japan
The original text
Considered Belasco's most famous work, the play is an adaption of the 1898 short story Madame Butterfly by John Luther Long (1861–1927), in turn based on the recollections of his sister, Jennie Correll, who had been to Japan with her husband. Madame Butterfly was first performed March 5, 1900, at the Herald Square Theatre in New York City, produced by David Belasco.
The text was published in Six Plays by Little, Brown 1928, and as a single play text by Samuel French, New York in 1935.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1982: Performed as Madame Butterfly in April by the Market Theatre Company in the Market Theatre Restaurant, directed by Richard Haines, with Vanessa Cooke, Beverley Melnick, David Eppel, Robert Whitehead, Charlotte Ewins. Design by Murray Weyer, Music by John Oakley-Smith.
Faximile version of the full text of Madame Butterfly, A Tragedy of Japan] (from "Six Plays" Little, Brown 1928)
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