The Bed Before Yesterday

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The Bed Before Yesterday is a farce by English writer Ben Travers [1] (1886-1980).

The original text

The play is about marriage and the sexual drive in women. First produced in London in 1975. It was the longest-running of all his stage works. When it was first produced Joan Plowright played the central character with John Moffatt, Helen Mirren and Royce Mills in the main supporting roles.

Performance history in South Africa

1976: Presented by Pieter Toerien, directed by visiting British director Tony Craven, starring Leonard Whiting, Graham Armitage, Marjorie Gordon, Naomi Buch, Jean Kent, Gordon Mulholland, Roberta Durrant and Leslie Sterry opening 30 September at the Civic Theatre. According to material held by NELM, Donald Howarth was to have been the director.


Photograph of some members the cast of the 1976 production, The Rand Daily Mail, 9 September 1976.

Review by Raeford Daniel, The Rand Daily Mail, 1 October 1976.

Donald Howarth's report that he was to come to South Africa in September 1976 to direct The Bed Before Yesterday; [Correspondence, 6 January to 7 September 1976 between Donald Howarth and Mannie Manim, NELM Collection: MANIM, Mannie]: 2010. 38. 9. 2. 50. 3.

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