The Queen and the Rebels

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Original title in Italian La regina e gli insorti, by Ugo Betti [1] (1892-1953). A drama set in WWII. The play is an adult drama about an adult situation, how a queen, tired of running from her terrible memories and the rebel regime, ends her life. A prostitute, at first teasing her rebel inquisitors, assumes the guise of the queen and goes to her death regally.

The original text

First published in Italian (La regina e gli insorti) in 1949, the English translation in 1956.

Translations and adaptations

Translated by Alewyn Lee as Die Koningin en die Rebelle.

Performance history in South Africa

1957: First produced in South Africa in 1957 by the Johannesburg Reps, directed by Clifford Williams with Sonia Dresdel.

1967: Die Koningin en die Rebelle was presented by CAPAB in January 1967, directed by Anna Neethling-Pohl. The cast: Milla Louw, Anna Cloete, Percy Sieff, Johan Malherbe, Willem de la Querra, Kristo Pienaar (replaced by Johann Nell in some performances), Glynn Day, Peter Grobbelaar, Gertie Smith-Visser, Pieter de Swardt, I. de la Querra (seuntjie). Decor and costumes by Bill Smuts.

1974: A production in Afrikaans (Die Koningin en die Rebelle, translated by Alewyn Lee) was directed by William Egan for PACOFS in 1974, starring, Jannie Gildenhuys, Estelle de Waal, Wim Vorster.

1975: Produced by Themi Venturas co-directed with Bernadette Johnson. A Port Elizabeth Shakespearean Festival [P.E.S.F.] Young 'uns production in English at the Holy Rosary Convent Hall from July 16, 1975. Cast: Antonio de Gouveia (0razio, the hall porter), Peter Israel (The Engineer), Ian Liston (Amos, the commissar), Themi Venturas (Raim), Carol-Anne Kelleher (Argia), Bernadette Johnson (Elisabetta, the queen), David Preston (Biante, the general), [William O'Driscoll]] (Maupa, his guard), Angela Davidson (peasant woman), Peter Alexandris (Peasant), Gwilym Wilkins (Young peasant boy), Patrick Scott, Anthony Mundell, William Rijs, Saki Zenios (Four travellers), Rosemary Welsh, Debbie Pienaar, Maureen Assheton-Smith, Hilton Gowar (Peasants), Aleco Kalimeris, William Rijs (Two soldiers).


Wikipedia [2].

Tucker, 1997. 106.

Die Koningin en die Rebelle theatre programme, 1967.

Die Dame met die Kamelias, 1966, notes on coming productions.

The Queen and the Rebels theatre programme, 1975.

Evening Post, July 17, 1975.

PACOFS Drama 25 Years, 1963-1988.

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