Night and Day

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Night and Day (1978) is a two-act play by Tom Stoppard. Its subject is journalism and the play set in a fictional African country governed by the tyrant Mageeba. The plot involves the interactions of two British reporters, a British photographer and the family of a British mine owner during a period of unrest.

The original text

First produced at the Phoenix Theatre in London.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1979: In South Africa it was first produced by Pieter Toerien Productions in the André Huguenet Theatre, Johannesburg in 1979 and also at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town. Directed by visiting director Peter Farago, the cast consisted of Graham Clarke (George Guthrie), Patrick Ndlovu (Francis), Sandra Prinsloo (Ruth Carson), Jason Roberts/Angus Burgess (Alastair Carson), Tony Anholt (Dick Wagner), Gavin van den Berg (Jacob Milne), Clive Scott (Geoffrey Carson) and Sydney Chama (President Mageeba). The set design was by Carl Toms and the lighting by Winston Cowie.

1987: Presented by NAPAC at The Loft Theatre opening 11 November 1987. The play was directed by Ralph Lawson, designed by Lisa del Monte, starring Greg Melvill-Smith (George Guthrie), Mapeni Mkhwane (Francis), Terry Norton (Ruth Carson), Matthew Hurt or Ross Howard (Alastair Carson), Roger Dwyer (Dick Wagner), Christopher Wells (Jacob Milne), Pete Kruger (Geoffrey Carson), Madoda Ncayiyana (President Mageeba). Senior stage manager Jacky Vermaas.


Programme notes

Tucker, 1997. 373-4.

Night and Day theatre programme, 1987

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