Murder in the Cathedral

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Murder in the Cathedral, (1935) a verse play by American born T.S. Eliot (1888-1965).

The original text

First performed in the Cathedral Chapter house at the Canterbury Festival, June 1935.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1939: Presented by the Cape Town Repertory Theatre Society at the Little Theatre in January, directed by Rose Ehrlich.

1943: Presented by the Natal University College Dramatic Society in 1943. With Fiennes Prestwich [1].

1945: Presented by Bishops and Herschel Schools, Cape Town, in Bishops Chapel, produced by Rose Ehrlich, 1945. With Andrew Porter, William van der Byl, Henry Newdigate,

1947: Directed by Leon Gluckman, also in the lead role, with Ronnie Phillips (decor) in the Grahamstown Cathedral in 1947.

1965: Presented by the University of Cape Town's Speech and Drama Department at the Little Theatre in June, directed by Rosalie van der Gucht.

1984: Presented by Omnitheatre, directed by Ray Tumner, with John Hussey on the National Arts Festival Fringe, 1984.

1992: Presented by the African Christian Theatre Service (ACTS) by arrangement with the Baxter Theatre , in the St George's Cathedral, Cape Town, on 29 February 1992. Direction and design by Peter Krummeck, lighting by Pip Marshall. The cast: Brenda Wood, Zoë Randall, Vanessa Reynolds, Tessa Edlmann, Land Middelkoop, Matthew Roberts, Buyani Zwane, Arnold Pegram, Pomolo Monethi, Gavin Lister, John Carson, Gordon van Rooyen, Brian Notcutt, Paul Peteren, André Jacobs.


Trek, 8(13):18, 1943; 9(22):18, 1945.

Helikon, 2(11), 1953.

Inskip, 1972. pp.124, 151.

National Arts Festival programme, 1984.

Theatre programme, 1992.

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