The Love of the Nightingale
The Love of the Nightingale is a play by New York-born British playwright, screenplay writer, and translator Timberlake Wertenbaker, commissioned for the Royal Shakespeare Company and first performed in 1989 at The Other Place, Straford. It is an adaptation of the Ancient Greek legend of the rape of Philomela by her brother-in-law Tereus, and the gruesome revenge undertaken by Philomela and her sister Procne. The play takes a feminist look at the ancient tale.
The original text
Published in Plays one by Timberlake Wertenbaker, Faber and Faber, 1996.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1993: NAPAC Drama.
2000: Presented by the University of the Witwatersrand School of Dramatic Art at the Wits Amphitheatre opening 17 May 2000, directed by Barbara Rubin with students of the Department in the cast.
The Love of the Nightingale theatre programme, 2000
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