Play It Again, Sam

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Play It Again, Sam is a play by Woody Allen [1].

The original text

The title is based on the famous Humphrey Bogart line from the film Casablanca and tells the story of a recently divorced film magazine writer, Allan Felix, who is trying to restart his romantic life.

It opened at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City, on February 12, 1969 and ran for 453 performances starring the author, Diane Keaton and Anthony Roberts.

Translations and adaptations

The play became the basis for a 1972 film of the same name, starring Allen and directed by Herbert Ross.

Performance history in South Africa

1978: Staged at The Space (Cape Town) in 1978, directed by Brian Astbury with Gillian Burl, Pippa Duffy, Andrea Fine, Liz Hardy, Errol Hart, Peter Hirschson, Tom St Clair-Laing and Prism Schultz. Design by John Nankin and Marge Watson, lighting by Brian Astbury, costumes by Yvonne van der Heul and Birrie le Roux and stage management by Arthur Benjamin.

1979: Produced at the Market Theatre, starring Peter J. Elliott, Bill Flynn (taking the Woody Allen part), Leonie Hofmeyr, Sybel Coetzee, Dale Cutts and Beverley Melnick.


Astbury 1979.

Photographs taken during the Market Theatre production held by NELM: [Collection: MARKET THEATRE]: 2004. 30. 5. 100.

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