The Man Who Came to Dinner

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The Man Who Came to Dinner is a 1939 comedy in three acts by American playwrights George Kaufman (1889-1961) [1] and Moss Hart (1904-1961) [2], about a famous radio personality who was invited to dine at the house of a rich factory owner. However, he slips on a patch of ice outside the front door and injures his hip and has to stay on as a house guest for a month, driving his hosts mad with his behaviour.

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It debuted on October 16, 1939 at the Music Box Theatre in New York City, where it ran there until 1941, closing after 739 performances. It then enjoyed a number of New York and London revivals. The first London production was staged at The Savoy Theatre starring Robert Morley and Coral Browne

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Performance history in South Africa

1953: The Dramatic Society of East London.

1953: Presented by the University of Stellenbosch Speech Training Department, produced by Robert Mohr, on 17 June in the Botha Hall. Limpie Basson played Bert Jefferson and was also the stage manager.

1964: Staged by the Durban Jewish Club, directed by Anne Freed.

1983: Presented at the Little Theatre, Cape Town 14-28 May, directed by Mavis Taylor starring Shirley Ellis, Susan Pam, David Thomas, Patrick Lilley, Jennifer Steyn, David Clatworthy and others. Set design by Colin Shaw and A. Samsodien, costume design by Shauna Johnson.

19**: Done by the Kimberley Theatre Repertory Players. (Press clippings, NELM [Collection: WOOLFSON, Malcolm L]: 1999. 113. 13. 4. 2).


Wikipedia [3]

Theatre programme (Stellenbosch production), 1953.

The Durban Jewish Club Dramatic Section theatre programme, 1964.

The Man Who Came to Dinner theatre programme, 1983.

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

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