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 Marda Vanne for the National Theatre Organisation, opening 6 August 1951 in Pretoia, 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 (Lavinia's husband). 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


The Rand Daily Mail, 25 July 1951.

Helikon, 1(2). December 1951.

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

Inskip, 1972. p.151.

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