Villa à Vendre

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Villa à Vendre ("Villa for sale") is a one act French comedy by Sacha Guitry (1885-1957) [1].

Not to be confused with Maison à Vendre by Alexander Duval (1767-1842)[2]

The original text

First performed in Paris at the Théâtre de la Madeleine on 4 November, 1931 (on the same evening as Monsieur Prudhomme a-t-il vécu?.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Afrikaans as Huis te Koop ("House for Sale") by the brothers W.E.G. Louw and N.P. van Wyk Louw. The text was never published, but is available at the University of Stellenbosch Library, Manuscripts Section, reference MS 31/16/7.

Translated into English as Villa for Sale.

Performance histpry in Souh Africa

1935: Performed at the Little Theatre in Cape Town in translation by members of the Kaapstadse Afrikaanse Toneelvereniging in 1935 for the University of Cape Town branch of the Afrikaanse Nasionale Studentebond. Directed by Marguerite I. Murray, with W.E.G. Louw as stage manager.

1935: Huis te Koop was presented by the University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Education and Department of Nederlands and Afrikaans at the Little Theatre in November 1935. Director not named. This is probably the same production as the above.

1967: It was performed as a lunch-time show in the Hofmeyr Theatre in 1967. It was directed by Paul Malherbe.


Inskip, 1972. p.120. (UCT Faculty of Education production).

Grütter, Wilhelm, CAPAB 25 Years, 1987. Unpublished research. p 66.

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