The Belle of Amherst

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The Belle of Amherst is a one-woman play by William Luce (1931-)[1].

Original text

Based on the life of poet Emily Dickinson from 1830 to 1886, and set in her Amherst, Massachusetts, home, the play makes use of her work, diaries, and letters to recollect her encounters with the significant people in her life – family, close friends, and acquaintances. It balances the agony of her seclusion with the brief bright moments when she was able to experience some joy. The original Broadway production, directed by Charles Nelson Reilly and starring Julie Harris, opened on April 28, 1976 at the Longacre Theatre.

Performance history in South Africa

1990: Performed by the Market Theatre in the Baxter Studio, 1990. Directed by Robert Whitehead, with Vanessa Cooke as Emily Dickenson.

Translations and adaptations


Happy Jack theatre programme, 1990, Coming Attractions.

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