The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, first performed 14 February 1895.
Performance history in South Africa
First produced in South Africa by ***
1945: Presented by the Medical School Players at the Wits University Hall, 1945.
1963: Produced for University Theatre Stellenbosch by Fred Engelen in 1963, starring Dirk Kotzé, Pieter Grobbelaar, Fred Engelen, Lydia Theron, Estelle Knobel, Ilse Geyer, Louisa Saayman, Jocelyn de Bruyn, Cynthia Dekker.
1968: Performed in the Bloemfontein Civic Theatre by PACOFS in Afrikaans as Erns in Luim by Nerina Ferreira. Directed by Fitz Morley for PACOFS with Schalk Jacobsz as Lane and Paul Eilers as Algernon, also Rentia Human, Mees Xteen and Carmen Haddad, 1968. Taken on tour in the Free State.
1970-1971: Directed by Peter Curtis for CAPAB with Michael Atkinson and John Whiteley as the male leads, also starring Joan Blake, Yvonne Bryceland, Lyn Hooker, Elliot Playfair, Arthur Hall. Set designed by Raimond Schoop, costumes designed by Aubrey Couling, musical effects by Michael Tuffin. It opened at the Hofmeyr Theatre on 19 December 1970 and was a great success, even touring to Johannesburg.
1988: Presented by CAPAB opening 22 March 1988 at the Nico Malan Theatre, directed by Ralph Lawson, designed by Dicky Longhurst, lighting design by Malcolm Hurrell, starring Jon Maytham, David Dennis, Don Maguire, Paul Malherbe, Richard Farmer, Michael Atkinson, Belinda Koning, Embeth Davidtz, Mollie Thompson.
1993: Presented by CAPAB Drama at the New Victoria Theatre, Voctoria and Alfred Waterfront, 23 March to 10 April 1993. Direction was by Ralph Lawson and the cast were Blaise Koch, Anthony Bishop, Fitz Morley, Royston Stoffels, Steven Raymond, Diane Wilson, Jana van Niekerk, Claire Watling, Zoë Randall. Set designer Eunice Pengelly-Rogers, lighting designer Malcolm Hurrell.
2014: Presented by MADS in the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg. Directed by Barbara Basel, with Mike Dewar, David Sharpe, Miranda Lewis, Sara Kate de Beer, Jane Cohen, Grace Brain, Richard Higgs en Andy Rabagliati.
Translations and adaptations
Translated into Afrikaans as Erns in Luim by Nerina Ferreira. Directed by Fitz Morley for PACOFS with Schalk Jacobsz as Lane and Paul Eilers as Algernon, also Rentia Human, Mees Xteen and Carmen Haddad, 1968. Taken on tour in the Free State.
Half in Earnest, a musical, starring Taubie Kushlick, Gordon Mulholland, Shelagh Holliday, directed by Leon Gluckman, opening Monday 6 April 1959 at the Aula, decor and costumes designed by Nina Campbell-Quine.
Inskip, 1972. p.122. (1937 production).
Inskip, 1972. p.137. (1949 production).
Photograph - NELM Manuscripts - [Collection: FLETCHER, Jill]: 2005. 75. 19. 50
UTS theatre pamphlet
South African Opinion, 2(4), 1945. 24.
Teater SA, 1(1) and (2), 1968; PACOFS Drama 25 Years, 1963-1988.
Theatre programmes 1970, 1988, 1993.
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