Romanoff and Juliet

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Romanoff and Juliet is a comedy by Peter Ustinov [1] (1921-2004) inspired by Romeo and Juliet and the Cold War. It is set in the small mythical mid-European country of Concordia, whose leader is wooed by the United States and the Soviet Union, each one wanting him as an ally.

The original text

The play premiered in Manchester, England on 2 April 1956.

Translations and adaptations

In 1961 Ustinov directed and starred in a film adaptation of the play.

Performance history in South Africa

1958: Presented by the Johannesburg Repertory Players [20.9.1958]; starring Sarah Sylvia, Hendryk Vogelfaenger, Heather Lloyd-Jones directed by Leon Gluckman.

According to a review published in Rand Daily Mail 14 August 1958 the cast were Michael Turner, Simon Swindell, Robert Lang, Arthur Hall, Sarah Sylvia, Heather Lloyd-Jones, John Templer, Charles Stodel and Alfred Stretton.

1960: Presented by the UCT Dramatic Society at The Little Theatre, Cape Town, produced by Nigel Kane, 20 to 23 April.

1971: Presented by the Stutterheim Amateur Dramatic Society at the grand opening by Guy Butler of Stutterheim's new theatre in December 1971.


Wikipedia [2].

Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

Rand Daily Mail 14 August 1958. p. 8.

Tucker, 1997. 114.

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