Wait Until Dark

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Wait Until Dark is a 1966 play by English playwright Frederick Knott (1916—2002) [1].

The original text

After seven previews, the Broadway production, directed by Arthur Penn, opened on February 2, 1966, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

The London West End production starred Honor Blackman and Peter Sallis.

Translations and adaptations

The film, directed by Terence Young with a screenplay by Robert Carrington and Jane Howard-Carrington and a score by Henry Mancini, premiered on October 26, 1967. It starred Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. and Jack Weston, and was produced by Hepburn's then-husband Mel Ferrer.

Translated into Afrikaans as Wag Tot Donker Kom by Lucas Malan with the action set in Berea, Johannesburg.

Performance history in South Africa

1972: The Toerien-Firth Company presented Wait Until Dark directed by Anthony Sharp starring Shirley Anne Field at the Intimate Theatre, Johannesburg. Other cast members were James Andrews, Kevin Basel, Anthony Fridjhon, Erica Griffiths, Kenneth Hendel, Kathy Kahn, Harry Lehradt, Joy Measures, Albert Raphael, Robin Williams, Jimmy Waugh.

1984: Wag Tot Donker Kom, the Malan Afrikaans translation was staged by PACT in March in the Alexander Theatre, directed by William Egan, with Pieter Brand (Dirk), Robin Smith (Craucamp), Gys de Villiers (Roux), Aletta Bezuidenhout (Stella Heynecke), Louis Minnaar (Simon Heynecke), Ilse Swanepoel (Gerda), Reginald Sutton (Polisieman 1) and Hardus Koekemoer (Polisieman 2). Design by Gloria Lovegrove.

1988: Presented by the Arts Theatre Club at the East London Guild Theatre, directed by Colin Ward.


Wikipedia [2].

Tucker, 1997. p. 279.

PACT theatre programme (undated).

Review by J. Ralph Draper, The Rand Daily Mail, 5 March 1984.

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

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