The Importance of Being Oscar

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The Importance of Being Oscar is a one-man play, based on the writings of Oscar Wilde, by Irish dramatist Michéal Mac Liammoír (1899–1978) [1].

The original text

First performed by the playwright at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, on 19 September 1960.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1962: Michéal Mac Liammoír was brought to South Africa for a tour (May to July) of The Importance of Being Oscar by Taubie Kushlick in association with the National Theatre Organisation.

1984: The Baxter Company 84 presented the play starring Michael Atkinson, directed by Rosalie van der Gucht, opening 17 May 1984 at the Baxter Theatre. This production also visited the following venues: The Leonard Rayne Theatre, Johannesburg, from 6 June 1984, Guild Theatre, East London, from 1 October 1984, Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Durban, from 8 October 1984, The Rowe Theatre, Pietermaritzburg, from 22 October 1984.

1985: A further production of The Importance of Being Oscar at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre, January 1985. Design by Brian Collins, lighting by Waldemar Swierczewski. Stage manager Mavis Lilenstein.


The Importance of Being Oscar theatre programme, 1984.

Taubie Kushlick theatre programme, 1962.

NELM Manuscripts; [Collection: LILENSTEIN, Mavis]: 2007. 9. 25. 6

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

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