The original text
In Sly Fox Gelbart updates the setting from Renaissance Venice to 19th century San Francisco, and changes the tone from satire to farce.
It premiered on Broadway December 14, 1976 at the Broadhurst Theatre. Directed by Arthur Penn, the play featured George C. Scott, Bob Dishy, Hector Elizondo, Jack Gilford, and Gretchen Wyler. Scott was succeeded by Robert Preston. Published by Samuel French in 1978.
South African performances
1979: First performed by The Company at the Market Theatre opening 4 January 1979. It was directed by Pieter-Dirk Uys and starred Patrick Mynhardt, Graham Armitage and Peter J. Elliott in the leads, also starring Anthony James, Sandra Duncan, Jana Cilliers and Elaine Proctor. According to Tucker it was a failure.
Tucker, 1997. 367.
Photograph of the cast (1979 production) by NELM: [Collection: MARKET THEATRE]: 2004. 30. 5. 131.
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