The Relapse

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The Relapse, or Virtue in Danger, a comedy by Sir John Vanbrugh (1664-1726).

The original text

First performed in Drury Lane, London in 1696.

Translations and adaptations

Adapted as a musical play Virtue in Danger by Paul Dehn.

Performance history in South Africa

1952: Presented by the Brian Brooke Company [Coronation production].

1974: Press clippings relating to the Rhodes University Drama Department production directed by Roy Sargeant in September 1974, with Raymond Davies, Andrew Buckland, James Whyle, Scott Hawker, Alice Krige and Jon Maytham in the cast. (NELM [Collection: DICKERSON, Beth]: 2009. 118. 6. 36)

1979: Opened at the Nico Malan Theatre on 10 March 1979, presented by CAPAB Drama. Directed by Roy Sargeant, starring Michael Atkinson, Paul Slabolepszy, Roger Dwyer, Peter Cartwright, Ronald France, Neville Thomas, Simon Swindell, Jonathan Rands, Brian Kennedy, Murray Leppan, Mary Dreyer, Diane Wilson, Clare Stopford, Joyce Bradley, Theresa Iglich. Set and costume designer Raimond Schoop, lighting designer John T. Baker. Music composed by Michael Tuffin. Choreography and period movement by Gary Gordon.


The Relapse theatre programme (CAPAB), 1979.

Photocopies from an unidentified scrap book relating to productions by Brian Brooke held by NELM [Collection: ASCH, Valda]: 2005. 65. 7. 8.

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