The Great Galeoto

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The Great Galeoto (Spanish: El gran Galeoto) is a melodrama by Spanish playwright José Echegaray (1832-1916) [1].

The original text

El gran Galeoto ia a drama written in the grand nineteenth century manner of melodrama. It is about the poisonous effect that unfounded gossip has on a middle-aged man's happiness. Echegaray filled it with elaborate stage instructions that illuminate what we would now consider a hammy style of acting popular in the 19th century. (Wikipedia)

Translations and adaptations

Filmed in 1920 by Paramount Pictures as a silent movie under the title The World and His Wife [2].

Translated into Afrikaans by Francois Swart as Theodora.

Performance history in South Africa

1974: The Francois Swart Afrikaans translation Theodora was staged by PACT, directed by Swart, with Sandra Prinsloo (Theodora), David van der Merwe (Don Julian), Betty Botha (Dona Mercedes), Marko van der Colff (Don Severo), Cobus Visser (Pepito), Tobie Cronje (Ernest), Jan Engelen (Heer), George Ballot (Heer), Zack du Plessis (Heer) and Andre Laubscher (Heer). Decor by Richard Cook and costumes by Christa Scholtz.


PACT theatre programme, 1974.

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

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