The Madwoman of Chaillot
The Madwoman of Chaillot (French title: La Folle de Chaillot) by French dramatist Jean Giraudoux. Written during the German Occupation of Paris in 1943, it was not performed until after his death in 1944. The premiere was in Paris in December 1945 in a production by Giraudoux's frequent collaborator, actor and theatre director Louis Jouvet with Marguerite Moreno in the lead. It was she who had been the inspiration for the piece.
Translations and adaptations
Translated into English by Maurice Valency.
Performance history in South Africa
1951: The first South African production in English was by the Little Theatre Players at the Little Theatre in Cape Town in October 1951, followed by the Johannesburg Reps, directed by Leonard Schach in 1952, starring Haidee Cassell as "Countess Aurelia", Ivy Collins, Johann Nell, Valerie Philip, Shirley Wakefield, Ronald Wallace, Basil Warner. Decor was by Len Grossett and costumes by Louis Jacobson.
1977: Die Mal Vrou van Chaillot performed by Universiteitsteater Stellenbosch in May 1977 in the H.B. Thom Theatre, directed by Ria Olivier, starring Herman Pretorius, Jannie Hofmeyr, Niel le Roux, Fred le Roux, Dawid Minnaar and others.
Photographs of Percy Sieff and the cast of the production of The Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giradeaux, produced by Leonard Schach at the Little Theatre, Cape Town, on 20 October 1951, including Helen Houghton, Dudley Davies, Haidee Cassel, Paul Vierya, Brian Proudfoot, Donald Inskip, Hudson Clausen, Diana Lazar, John Kerr, Petal du Toit, Frances Barry, Beronese Mann, Zandberg Jansen and Melvin Simmers. NELM: Photograph collection [Collection: SIEFF, Percy]: 2013. 25. 2. 38.
Inskip, 1977. p 118, 120.
UTS theatre pamphlet, 1977.
Little Theatre programme, 1985.
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