The Cocktail Party

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The Cocktail Party is a verse play by T.S. Eliot (1888–1965)[1].

The original text

A contemporary verse version of Euripides's Alcestis, set in a drawing room and a psychiatrist's consulting room. Made its debut at the Edinburgh Festival in 1949 and premiered on Broadway on January 21, 1950,

South African productions

1951: Produced by National Theatre Organisation in 1951 with André Huguenet ("Sir Henry Harcourt-Reilly"), Gwen Adeler ("Julia"), Marda Vanne, Robert Whitfield, Ronald Wallace, Hymie Shapiro, Merilyn Oates ("Celia"), Marcia Colville ("Lavinia"), Frank Wise, and directed by Marda Vanne. Décor by Nina Campbell-Quine.

1965: Presented by the University of Cape Town's Speech and Drama Department at the Little Theatre in June, directed by Robert Mohr


Helikon, 1(2). December 1951.

Lantern, 1(5):521. May 1952.

Inskip, 1972. p.151.

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