The original text
A satire of greed and lust written 1606, the play was first performed at the Globe Theatre by the King's Men in 1606. First published in quarto in early 1607 printed by Thomas Thorpe and in an amended version in folio in 1616.
Translated into Afrikaans by ** as **??
Phiri: An African jazz musical, adapted by Barney Simon to place Ben Jonson's play in a township setting, Phiri and created in 1972 with contributions by Oswald Mthsali, Stanley Motjuwadi and Wally Serote, and music by Mackay Davashe, Cyril Magubane and Sophie Mgcina. (See Phiri)
Performance history in South Africa
First performed in South Africa in 18/19*.
1930s: Guy Routh played the lead in a production in the 1930s.
1952: Performed in English by National Theatre Organisation in 1952 (in an adaptation by Stefan Zweig), as part of the Van Riebeeck Festival and directed by Leonard Schach with Pieter Geldenhuys, Gerrit Wessels, Vivienne Drummond as Canina, Edna Jacobson, Frank Wise, Michael Perry, Alan Chadwick, Glyn Jones, Ted Darroll and Siegfried Mynhardt. Costumes designed by Frank Graves. The production enjoyed another run at the Benoni Town Hall later that year and visited Rhodesia in 1953 in tandem with Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, produced by Leonard Schach with the same company.
Lantern, 9:294-298. 1952.
Inskip, Donald P., 1972. p.152.
Performing Arts. HSRC, 1972.
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