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Run for Your Wife is a farce by Ray Cooney (1932- ) [1].

Also found as Run for Your Wife!.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Afrikaans by Peet van Rensburg as My Vrou se Man se Vrou.

Performance history in South Africa

In English:

1984-5: Performed as Run for Your Wife at the Baxter Theatre in 1984 and 1985 (first performance 12 January 1984), with Michael Richard, Louise Saint Claire, Clare Marshall, Errol Hart, British actor Mark Hardy, Paul Abrams, George Korelin and Rex Garner, directed by Rex Garner. Designed by Douglas Heap, costumes by Noreen Sterling. This production was presented by Pieter Toerien by arrangement with The London Theatre of Laughter Company Ltd and Herbert de Leon Ltd. It returned to the Alhambra Theatre, Durban and the Baxter Theatre early in 1985 due to demand.

2006: Presented as Run for Your Wife by the Claremont Dramatic Society in Cape Town, directed by John Farrell at the Masque Theatre, 2006, starring, among others, Mike Tompson.

In Afrikaans:

1987: Presented as My Vrou se Man se Vrou by PACOFS in 1987, directed by Pierre van Pletzen with Michele Burgers, Gerben Kamper.

1990: A PACT production in 1990 was directed by Pierre van Pletzen assisted by André-Jacques van der Merwe starring Elzette Maarschalk, Hélène Truter, Gustav Geldenhuys, André-Jacques van der Merwe, Hannes Muller, Percy Pretorius, Johan Malherbe, Tjaart Potgieter. Design by Johan Badenhorst, lighting by Jacques Mulder. The set was built in the PACOFS workshops and made available for this production.

1991: Pierre van Pletzen (by arrangement with PACT) directed a CAPAB production opening 14 May 1991 at the Nico Malan Theatre starring Fiona Coyne, Hélène Truter, Gustav Geldenhuys, Johann Myburgh, Percy Pretorius, Peter Butler, Neels Coetzee. Design by Johan Badenhorst, lighting by Malcolm Hurrell. The decor set was on loan from PACOFS. This production toured to Stellenbosch, Robertson, Swellendam, Oudtshoorn, George, Caledon, Hermanus, Strand, Bellville and Athlone.

1999: Directed by Pierre van Pletzen, presented at the Arena, State Theatre in 1999 starring Sean Else, Sandra Vaughan, Thomaley van Niekerk, Pierre van Pletzen, Neels Coetzee, Christo Compion, Jacques Gombault. Followed by performances at the Witbank Theatre, Rustenburg Theatre, Springs City Theatre, Johannes Stegmann Theatre in Secunda.

2012: Produced as My Vrou se Man se Vrou by Lefra Produksies .

2020: Produced as My Vrou se Man se Vrou by Lefra Produksies, opening at the Springs Civic Theatre. Was scheduled for the 2020 KKNK arts festival in Oudtshoorn, but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Directed by Frans Swart, with Phillru van Achterbergh, Botha Enslin, Marissa Claasen, Juanita Mardon, Thiart Li, Stefan Vermaak and Etienne du Plessis.


Run for your Wife theatre programme, 1984.

My Vrou se Man se Vrou theatre programmes 1990 (PACT), 1991.

PACOFS Drama 25 Years, 1963-1988

Beeld, 12 February 1999.

Cape Times, 4 April 2006.


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