Les Fourberies de Scapin
The original text
Based on the Scapino character from the commedia dell'arte, the story apparently derives from the Roman-Greek farce, Phormio by Terence, which in its turn was based on a play by Apollodorus of Carystus. The play was first staged on 24 May 1671 in the theatre of the Palais-Royal in Paris by the Troupe du Roi. First published 18 August 1671, and in collected editions in 1671 and 1682.
Translations and adaptations
Translated into English under a range of titles and adapted in many versions, including Scapino! (Frank Dunlop, Jim Dale, 1975), and The Impostures of Scapin (Charles Heron Wall), Scapin (Bill Irwin, Mark O'Donnell, 1997), etc.
Performance history in South Africa
1809: Performed in the French original on 2 December 1809 , along with a presentation entitled La Fantasmagorie, by a new Dutch-French company, led by J.H. Meurant, but possibly with the help of J. Riaux.
1958: Performed in the Bartho Smit Afrikaans translation, Die Jakkalsstreke van Scapino by National Theatre Organisation in 1958, directed by Jannie Gildenhuys with Siegfried Mynhardt, Cobus Rossouw, Tilana Hanekom, Pieter Geldenhuys, Jannie Gildenhuys, Kita Redelinghuys, Anton Grobler, Leonora Nel and Johan van Zyl. A prologue written by Gildenhuys was recited by Tilana Hanekom. Décor by Frank Graves, costumes by Doreen Graves and music composed by Peter Rorke.
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1963: Die Jakkalsstreke van Scapino performed by Universiteitsteater Stellenbosch, directed by Jo Gevers, with Franz Marx, Jo Gevers, Piet van Straaten, Gertie Smith-Visser, Henk Hugo, Deon Joubert, Carmen Haddad, Annatjie Vorster, Antoinette Terblanche, Gisela Täger.
1976: The Andrew Miller adaptation That Skelm Scapino was staged by PACT, directed by Robin Malan, with Etienne Puren (Scapino), Laurika Rauch (Muriel & Nerina), Garth Tuckett (Tony), Peter Terry (Siewies), Elize Cawood (Cynthia), Robin Malan (Arthur), Alwyn Swart (Gerrit), At Botha (Lennie) and Suzanne Goldberg (Sarah).
1986: Die Jakkalsstreke van Scapino performed by CAPAB, directed by Jannie Gildenhuys with Neels Coetzee (Argante), André Roothman (Geronte), Mark Graham (Ottavio), David Butler (Leandro), Victoria Bawcombe (Zerbinetta), Claire Berlein (Giacinta), Marthinus Basson (Scapino), David Butler (Silvestro). Design by Jenny de Swardt, lighting design by Malcolm Hurrell.
Helen Jordan, 1898. Terence's Phormio as the Basis for Molière's Les Fourberies de Scapin
Lantern, 7(4):375-380. 1958.
PACT theatre programme, 1976.
UTS theatre pamphlet.
PACOFS Drama 25 Years, 1963-1988
Jakkalsstreke van Scapino theatre programme (CAPAB), 1986.
Die Burger 13 January 2007.
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