The Owl and the Pussycat Went to See...

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‘’The Owl and the Pussycat Went to See...’’ is a musical play by Sheila Ruskin and David Wood, with music & lyrics by David Wood.

The original text

Based on the stories and verses of Edward Lear. First produced by the Worcester Repertory Company at the Swan Theatre, Worcester for the Christmas 1968 season.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1973: Produced by Sue Broer for the UCT Drama Department and staged at the Arena Theatre for the 1973 Christmas holidays. Amongst those in the cast who went on to acting careers were Gillian Harris, Jane Auld, Pippa Dyer, Jonathan Rands, Diana Cox, Etienne Puren and Judith Krummeck.

1976: Produced by Rhodes University Drama Department, directed by Jane Osborne in August 1976.

1982: Produced by the Dramatic Society of East London at the Guild Theatre, directed by Michele Brandenburger with Lawrence Hilton in the cast.


Programmes held by NELM: [Collection: Rhodes University. Drama Department]: 2011. 370. 2. 4.

The Argus, 12 December 1973

Cape Times, 15 December 1973

Theatre programme amongst the Jonathan Rands papers

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