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''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' by William Shakespeare. Written between 1590 and 1596, first produced 1604.  The work lost favour during the restoration period (Samuel Pepys described the 1662 revival as "the most insipid and ridiculous play I ever saw in my life") but gained new interest in the 19th century as a way of showcasing elaborate costumes and sets. Since then, A Midsummer Night's Dream has been adapted for opera, ballet, television, and film.
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''[[A Midsummer Night's Dream]]'' [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Midsummer_Night's_Dream] is a comedy by William Shakespeare (1564-1616)[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Shakespeare].
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== The original text ==
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Written between 1590 and 1596, first produced 1604.  The work lost favour during the restoration period (Samuel Pepys described the 1662 revival as "the most insipid and ridiculous play I ever saw in my life") but gained new interest in the 19th century as a way of showcasing elaborate costumes and sets. Since then, ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' has been adapted for opera, ballet, television, and film.
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==Translations and adaptations==
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Translated into [[Afrikaans]] as '''''Midsomernagdroom''''' by [[Eitemal]], published by Human & Rousseau in 1974 and produced by ** in 19**.
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[[Roelf Laubscher]] translated the play into [[Afrikaans]] as ''''''n Somernagdroom''''' (Unpublished, 1975). Produced by [[SUKOVS]], stage management by [[Mavis Lilenstein]], 1975.
  
 
== Performance history in South Africa ==
 
== Performance history in South Africa ==
A copy of the play was on sale in Cape Town in 1800 for £25, but no production followed apparently, despite the hopes of the reporter of the [[Kaapsche Courant]] (15 November). 
 
  
Early amateur productions in South Africa include ** and [[Cecil John Rhodes]] being entertained by [[Rudyard Kipling]] and artist Jan Juta's sister [[René Juta]], her other sisters and family servants with the performance of scenes from ''[[A Midsummer Night's Dream]]'' on the slopes of Devil's Peak in the 1890s (Merrington, 200*; Juta 1972: 52).  
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1800: A copy of the play was offered on sale for £25 in Cape Town in 1800 , but no production followed apparently, despite the hopes of the reporter of the [[Kaapsche Courant]] (15 November). 
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1890s: In one of the early amateur productions in South Africa, [[Cecil John Rhodes]] was  entertained by [[Rudyard Kipling]] and artist [[Jan Juta]]'s sister [[Rene Juta]], her other sisters and family servantswith the performance of scenes from the play on the slopes of Devil's Peak in the 1890s.
  
First produced professionally in South Africa by the [[Holloway Company]] in Cape Town in 1900 (*??). Other notable productions include ***, the Shakespeare quadcentennial production at the [[Alexander Theatre]] in 1964 (directed by [[Joan Brickhill]] and [[Louis Burke]] and featuring them with [[Jenny Gratus]]. Another production in 1964 was by [[PACOFS]] in collaboration with The Shakespeare Circle, directed by [[John Boulter]], the performance on the first night was in an old railway shed in Tweespruit before moving to Bloemfontein's [[Civic Theatre]]. The cast included Robin Short and Michael van Gelder. [[Robert Lang]] was the stage manager.  
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1900: First produced professionally in South Africa by the [[Holloway Company]] in Cape Town in (*??).  
  
Presented by [[Universiteitsteater Stellenbosch|University Theatre Stellenbosch]] in 1975, produced by [[Ria Olivier]] and [[Pat Harvey]].
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1938: Directed by [[Taubie Kushlick]].
  
[[Robert Mohr]]’s 1981 production (with [[Etienne Puren]], [[Louise Saint Claire]], [[Michael Richard]] and [[Tobie Cronjé]]) during the opening season of the [[Pretoria State Theatre]].  
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1950: Presented by the [[University Players]] at the [[Wits Great Hall]], starring [[Harley Manson]] (Bottom), [[Ruth McMenamin]] (Titania), [[Val Philip]] (Helena) and [[Redvers Kyle]] (Puck). Music composed by [[Stanley Glasser]].
  
There was a [[Maynardvillle]] production in 1995 directed by [[Patrick Sandford]].
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1952: Presented by the [[Old Vic Company]] on its visit to South Africa, produced by English theatrical director Tyrone Guthrie [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyrone_Guthrie] (1900-1971).  
Cast -
 
Theseus: [[Anthony Bishop]]
 
Hippolyta: [[Michelle Scott]]
 
Philostrate: [[Deirdre Wolhuter]]
 
Egeus: [[Jay Heale]]
 
Hermia: [[Anthea Thompson]]
 
Lysander: [[Nicholas Boraine]]
 
Demetrius: [[Nicholas Ashby]]
 
Helena: [[Jana van Niekerk]]
 
Peter Quince: [[David Alcock]]
 
Nick Bottom: [[Jonathan Pienaar]]
 
Francis Flute: [[Paul Warwick Griffin]]
 
Tom Snout: [[Nkosinathi Gqotso]]
 
Snug: [[André Samuels]]
 
Robin Starveling: [[Neels Coetzee]]
 
Puck: [[Peter Butler]]
 
Peaseblossom: [[Karin van der Laag]]
 
Oberon: [[Sean Taylor]]
 
Titania: [[Mary Dreyer]]
 
Cobweb: [[Deirdre Wolhuter]]
 
Moth: [[David Nissen]]
 
Mustardseed: [[Eoudia Samson]]
 
  
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1957: [[Maynardville]] starring, among others, [[David Crichton]].
  
In 1997 [[Shirley Johnston]] directed the play for the [[University of Stellenbosch Drama Department]] in the [[H.B. Thom Theatre]], starring [[Jerick September]], [[Ilse Oppelt]], [[Francois Toerien]], [[Jenny Stead]], [[Anton Luitingh]], [[Albert Snyman]], [[Hugo Theart]], [[Abduragman Adams]] and others.
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1964: The Shakespeare quadcentennial production at the [[Alexander Theatre]] was directed by [[Joan Brickhill]] and [[Louis Burke]], with  [[Joan Brickhill]], [[Louis Burke]], [[Jenny Gratus]].  
  
[[Esther van Ryswyk]]’s famous puppet-and-human version (starring [[Clare Stopford]], [[Fiona Ramsay]], [[Neil McCarthy]], [[David Butler]], [[Jennie Reznek]], [[Robert Finlayson]] and [[Gaynor Young]] and many others) was staged at the [[Oude Libertas Theatre]] and [[Baxter Theatre]] through a Market-Baxter-[[Handspring Puppet Company]] collaboration in 1988, then moved to the [[Market Theatre]] in 1989, redirected by [[Fred Abrahamse]]. **, [[Maynardville]], 1981 (dir [[Phillip Grout]]), [[Maynardville]], 1995 (dir [[Patrick Sandford]]), [[Maynardville]], 2002 (dir [[Fred Abrahamse]]).
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1964: A production by [[PACOFS]], in collaboration with The Bloemfontein [[Shakespeare Circle]], directed by [[John Boulter]], the performance on the first night was in an old railway shed in Tweespruit before moving to Bloemfontein's [[Civic Theatre]]. The cast included [[Ralph Rodgers]] (Theseus), [[Hudson Earp]] (Egeus), [[Peter Mohr]] (Lysander), [[Winston Nathan]] (Demetrius), [[Herbert Bishko]] (Philostrate), [[George Barnes]] (Quince), [[Robert Wallis]] (Snug), [[Arthur Hanna]] (Bottom), [[Benjamin Janeke]] (Flute), [[Harold Goldberg]] (Starveling), [[Anna Blömerus]] (Hippolyta), [[Heléne Carstens]] (Hermia), [[Dinkie Eksteen]] (Helena), [[Robin Short]] (Oberon), [[Maureen Viljoen]] (Titania), [[Michael van Gelder]] (Puck), [[Lucy Wiseman]] (Fairy) and others. [[Norine van Arkell]] was the stage manager.  
  
By [[Artscape]] in 2012 at the [[Artscape]] Theatre and the [[National Arts Festival]] and from 23 January to 26 February 2013 at the [[Maynardville]] Open-Air Theatre, in repertory with ''[[Cardenio]]'' (12 January to 16 February 2013) This production is the play's sixth staging at [[Maynardville]] since the open-air theatre began in 1957. It includes [[Marcel Meyer]], [[Terence Bridgett]], [[Hannah Borthwick]] and [[Sven Ruygrok]].
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1965: [[Maynardville]] starring [[Johann Nell]].
  
==Translations and adaptations==
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1975: Presented by [[Universiteitsteater Stellenbosch|University Theatre Stellenbosch]] from 5 to 13 September at the [[H.B. Thom Theatre]], produced by [[Ria Olivier]] and [[Pat Harvey]]. Costumes and lighting designed by [[Emile Aucamp]], choreography by [[Gisela Taeger|Gisela Täger-Berger]].
Translated into [[Afrikaans]] as ''Midsomernagdroom'' by [[Eitemal]], published by Human & Rousseau in 1974 and produced by ** in 19**.
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1976: Staged by the [[University of Cape Town Drama Department]], first in the [[Little Theatre]] and later at the [[Grahamstown Festival]], directed by [[Robert Mohr]], with [[Clifford Lilley]] (Theseus & Oberon), [[Chloë Rothenburg]] (Hippolita & Titania), [[Leon Berrange]] (Egeus & Moth), [[Melanie Sher]] (Hermia), [[Alan Goldstein]] (Lysander), [[Alan Swerdlow]] (Demetrius), [[Bo Petersen]] (Helena), [[Jonathan Rands]] (Philostrate & Puck), [[Michele Fine]] (Peaseblossom), [[Pippa Dyer]] (Cobweb), [[Meryl Hendler]] (Mustardseed), [[Alan Leas]] (Peter Quince), [[Michael Shevelew]] (Nick Bottom), [[Alan Dickinson]] (Francis Flute), [[Henry Dom]] (Tom Snout) and others.
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1981: Staged by [[PACT]] during the opening season of the [[Pretoria State Theatre]], directed by [[Robert Mohr]] with
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[[Etienne Puren]], [[Louise Saint Claire]], [[Murray Woodfield]], [[Alan Swerdlow]], [[Annelisa Weiland]], [[Gillian Harris]], [[Ronald Wallace]], [[Michael Richard]], [[Leslie Fong]] (credited as Lesley Fong), [[Andre Jacobs]], [[Pamela Gien]], [[Janice Honeyman]], [[Marc Colli]], [[Michael McCabe]], [[Richard Carlsson]], [[James Borthwick]], [[Eric Nobbs]], [[Anthony James]] and [[Tobie Cronjé]].
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1981: Produced at [[Maynardville]], directed by [[Philip Grout]], opening 9 January, starring [[John Whiteley]], [[Liz Dick]], [[Alan Swerdlow]], [[Neville Thomas]], [[Mary Dreyer]], [[Deon van Zyl]], [[Sean Taylor]], [[Diane Wilson]], [[Roger Dwyer]], [[John Hussey]], [[Russel Savadier]], [[Nigel Daly]], [[Tom Holmes]], [[Peter Voigt]]. Designer [[Hugh Durrant]], lighting [[Brian Kennedy]], choreographer [[Veronica Paeper]]. Original music by British composer Ian Kellam, singing coach [[David Matheson]]. Stage manager [[Mavis Lilenstein]].
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1984: Directed by [[David Horner]] and [[Sarah Roberts]] for [[SODA]] at the [[Wits Theatre Complex|Wits Theatre]].
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1988-9: An innovative joint production incorporating large puppets, by the [[Baxter Theatre]] Centre and the [[Market Theatre]], in association with the [[Handspring Puppet Company]]. Presented at the [[Oude Libertas Theatre]], Stellenbosch (first performance 28 January 1988), the [[Baxter Theatre]] Centre, Cape Town (first performance 8 February 1988), [[Grahamstown Festival|National Arts Festival]], Grahamstown, and the  [[Market Theatre]], Johannesburg. Originally directed by [[Esther van Ryswyk]] (Oude Libertas, Baxter) and re-directed by [[Fred Abrahamse]] (Market) in 1989. With musical direction by  [[Johan Cloete]], décor and puppet design by  [[Adrian Kohler]], costume design by [[John Caviggia]] (Baxter), [[Ann Sharfman]] (Market), and choreography of movement by [[Jennie Reznek]]. The [[Baxter Theatre]] cast consisted of: [[Neil McCarthy]], [[Fred Abrahamse]], [[Basil Appollis]], [[Clare Stopford]], [[Dawid Minnaar]], [[Sandi Schultz]], [[Jennie Reznek]], [[Antoinette Butler]], [[Martin le Maitre]], [[Ivan Abrahams]], [[Basil Jones]], [[Adrian Kohler]], [[Paul Malherbe]], [[André Samuels]].
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[[Market Theatre]] cast consisted of: [[Neil McCarthy]], [[Fiona Ramsay]], [[John Ramsbottom]], [[Gaynor Young]], [[Robert Finlayson]], [[David Butler]], [[Clare Stopford]], [[Jennie Reznek]], [[David Alcock]], [[Robin Smith]], [[Basil Jones]], [[Adrian Kohler]], [[Fats Dibeko]], [[Solomon Bisholo]].
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1995: Produced at [[Maynardville]] from 6 January to 18 February, directed by British director and playwright Patrick Sandford, starring [[Sean Taylor]], [[Mary Dreyer]], [[Deirdre Wolhuter]], [[Anthony Bishop]], [[Michelle Scott]], [[Jay Heale]], [[Anthea Thompson]], [[Nicholas Boraine]], [[Nicholas Ashby]], [[Jana van Niekerk]], [[David Alcock]], [[Jonathan Pienaar]], [[Paul Warwick Griffin]], [[Nkosinathi Gqotso]], [[André Samuels]], [[Neels Coetzee]], [[Peter Butler]], [[Karin van der Laag]], [[David Nissen]] and [[Eoudia Samson]]. Music composed by [[Péter Louis van Dijk]].
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1997 [[Shirley Johnston]] directed the play for the [[University of Stellenbosch Drama Department]] in the [[H.B. Thom Theatre]], starring [[Jerick September]], [[Ilse Oppelt]], [[Francois Toerien]], [[Jenny Stead]], [[Anton Luitingh]], [[Albert Snyman]], [[Hugo Theart]], [[Abduragman Adams]] and others.
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2002: Performed at Maynardville, directed by [[Fred Abrahamse]].
  
[[Roelf Laubscher]] translated the play into [[Afrikaans]] as ''[[Somernagdroom|'n Somernagdroom]]'' (Unpublished, 1975)
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2012: Produced by [[Artscape]] at the [[Artscape]] Theatre and the [[National Arts Festival]] and from 23 January to 26 February 2013 at the [[Maynardville]] Open-Air Theatre, in repertory with ''[[Cardenio]]'' (12 January to 16 February 2013) This production was the play's sixth staging at [[Maynardville]] since the open-air theatre began in 1957. It featured  [[Terence Bridgett]], [[Hannah Borthwick]], [[Sizwe Msutu]] and [[Sven Ruygrok]] among others. Costume and set design by [[Marcel Meyer]]. Lighting design by [[Faheem Bardien]].
  
 
== Sources ==
 
== Sources ==
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[[F.C.L. Bosman]]. 1928. ''Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika'', Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: [[J.H. de Bussy]]. [http://www.dbnl.org/tekst/bosm012dram01_01/]: p. 66.
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[[F.C.L. Bosman]]. 1980. ''Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916''. Pretoria: [[J.L. van Schaik]]: p. 408
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''[[Trek]]'', 14(5):42, 1950.
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The Old Vic Company's South African season 1952 programme.
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[[PACOFS]] theatre programme, 1964.
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[[University of Cape Town Drama Department]] theatre programme, 1976.
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''Teaterwoordeboek'', Vaktaalburo, 1977
 
''Teaterwoordeboek'', Vaktaalburo, 1977
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[[Jan Juta]]. 1972. ''Background in Sunshine: Memories of South Africa''. New York: Charles Scribner and
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Sons: p.52.
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[[PACT]] theatre programme, 1981.
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[[Maynardville]] theatre programmes, 1981 and 1995.
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[[Peter Merrington]]. 2009. "Loyal Memory: The Tercentenary in Colonial Cape Town". In ''The Shakespearean International Yearbook'' Volume 9: Special section, ''South African Shakespeare in the Twentieth Century''. (Guest editor: [[Laurence Wright]]) 29-45.
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Baxter theatre programme, 1988.
  
 
US Drama Theatre programme, 1997
 
US Drama Theatre programme, 1997
  
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[[Petru Wessels|Petru]] & [[Carel Trichardt]] theatre programme collection.
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''[[Cape Times]]'', 17 April 2012.
  
Go to [[South African Theatre/Bibliography|ESAT Bibliography]]
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Go to [[ESAT Bibliography]]
  
 
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Latest revision as of 15:42, 17 September 2019

A Midsummer Night's Dream [1] is a comedy by William Shakespeare (1564-1616)[2].


The original text

Written between 1590 and 1596, first produced 1604. The work lost favour during the restoration period (Samuel Pepys described the 1662 revival as "the most insipid and ridiculous play I ever saw in my life") but gained new interest in the 19th century as a way of showcasing elaborate costumes and sets. Since then, A Midsummer Night's Dream has been adapted for opera, ballet, television, and film.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Afrikaans as Midsomernagdroom by Eitemal, published by Human & Rousseau in 1974 and produced by ** in 19**.

Roelf Laubscher translated the play into Afrikaans as 'n Somernagdroom (Unpublished, 1975). Produced by SUKOVS, stage management by Mavis Lilenstein, 1975.

Performance history in South Africa

1800: A copy of the play was offered on sale for £25 in Cape Town in 1800 , but no production followed apparently, despite the hopes of the reporter of the Kaapsche Courant (15 November).

1890s: In one of the early amateur productions in South Africa, Cecil John Rhodes was entertained by Rudyard Kipling and artist Jan Juta's sister Rene Juta, her other sisters and family servants, with the performance of scenes from the play on the slopes of Devil's Peak in the 1890s.

1900: First produced professionally in South Africa by the Holloway Company in Cape Town in (*??).

1938: Directed by Taubie Kushlick.

1950: Presented by the University Players at the Wits Great Hall, starring Harley Manson (Bottom), Ruth McMenamin (Titania), Val Philip (Helena) and Redvers Kyle (Puck). Music composed by Stanley Glasser.

1952: Presented by the Old Vic Company on its visit to South Africa, produced by English theatrical director Tyrone Guthrie [3] (1900-1971).

1957: Maynardville starring, among others, David Crichton.

1964: The Shakespeare quadcentennial production at the Alexander Theatre was directed by Joan Brickhill and Louis Burke, with Joan Brickhill, Louis Burke, Jenny Gratus.

1964: A production by PACOFS, in collaboration with The Bloemfontein Shakespeare Circle, directed by John Boulter, the performance on the first night was in an old railway shed in Tweespruit before moving to Bloemfontein's Civic Theatre. The cast included Ralph Rodgers (Theseus), Hudson Earp (Egeus), Peter Mohr (Lysander), Winston Nathan (Demetrius), Herbert Bishko (Philostrate), George Barnes (Quince), Robert Wallis (Snug), Arthur Hanna (Bottom), Benjamin Janeke (Flute), Harold Goldberg (Starveling), Anna Blömerus (Hippolyta), Heléne Carstens (Hermia), Dinkie Eksteen (Helena), Robin Short (Oberon), Maureen Viljoen (Titania), Michael van Gelder (Puck), Lucy Wiseman (Fairy) and others. Norine van Arkell was the stage manager.

1965: Maynardville starring Johann Nell.

1975: Presented by University Theatre Stellenbosch from 5 to 13 September at the H.B. Thom Theatre, produced by Ria Olivier and Pat Harvey. Costumes and lighting designed by Emile Aucamp, choreography by Gisela Täger-Berger.

1976: Staged by the University of Cape Town Drama Department, first in the Little Theatre and later at the Grahamstown Festival, directed by Robert Mohr, with Clifford Lilley (Theseus & Oberon), Chloë Rothenburg (Hippolita & Titania), Leon Berrange (Egeus & Moth), Melanie Sher (Hermia), Alan Goldstein (Lysander), Alan Swerdlow (Demetrius), Bo Petersen (Helena), Jonathan Rands (Philostrate & Puck), Michele Fine (Peaseblossom), Pippa Dyer (Cobweb), Meryl Hendler (Mustardseed), Alan Leas (Peter Quince), Michael Shevelew (Nick Bottom), Alan Dickinson (Francis Flute), Henry Dom (Tom Snout) and others.

1981: Staged by PACT during the opening season of the Pretoria State Theatre, directed by Robert Mohr with Etienne Puren, Louise Saint Claire, Murray Woodfield, Alan Swerdlow, Annelisa Weiland, Gillian Harris, Ronald Wallace, Michael Richard, Leslie Fong (credited as Lesley Fong), Andre Jacobs, Pamela Gien, Janice Honeyman, Marc Colli, Michael McCabe, Richard Carlsson, James Borthwick, Eric Nobbs, Anthony James and Tobie Cronjé.

1981: Produced at Maynardville, directed by Philip Grout, opening 9 January, starring John Whiteley, Liz Dick, Alan Swerdlow, Neville Thomas, Mary Dreyer, Deon van Zyl, Sean Taylor, Diane Wilson, Roger Dwyer, John Hussey, Russel Savadier, Nigel Daly, Tom Holmes, Peter Voigt. Designer Hugh Durrant, lighting Brian Kennedy, choreographer Veronica Paeper. Original music by British composer Ian Kellam, singing coach David Matheson. Stage manager Mavis Lilenstein.

1984: Directed by David Horner and Sarah Roberts for SODA at the Wits Theatre.

1988-9: An innovative joint production incorporating large puppets, by the Baxter Theatre Centre and the Market Theatre, in association with the Handspring Puppet Company. Presented at the Oude Libertas Theatre, Stellenbosch (first performance 28 January 1988), the Baxter Theatre Centre, Cape Town (first performance 8 February 1988), National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, and the Market Theatre, Johannesburg. Originally directed by Esther van Ryswyk (Oude Libertas, Baxter) and re-directed by Fred Abrahamse (Market) in 1989. With musical direction by Johan Cloete, décor and puppet design by Adrian Kohler, costume design by John Caviggia (Baxter), Ann Sharfman (Market), and choreography of movement by Jennie Reznek. The Baxter Theatre cast consisted of: Neil McCarthy, Fred Abrahamse, Basil Appollis, Clare Stopford, Dawid Minnaar, Sandi Schultz, Jennie Reznek, Antoinette Butler, Martin le Maitre, Ivan Abrahams, Basil Jones, Adrian Kohler, Paul Malherbe, André Samuels. Market Theatre cast consisted of: Neil McCarthy, Fiona Ramsay, John Ramsbottom, Gaynor Young, Robert Finlayson, David Butler, Clare Stopford, Jennie Reznek, David Alcock, Robin Smith, Basil Jones, Adrian Kohler, Fats Dibeko, Solomon Bisholo.

1995: Produced at Maynardville from 6 January to 18 February, directed by British director and playwright Patrick Sandford, starring Sean Taylor, Mary Dreyer, Deirdre Wolhuter, Anthony Bishop, Michelle Scott, Jay Heale, Anthea Thompson, Nicholas Boraine, Nicholas Ashby, Jana van Niekerk, David Alcock, Jonathan Pienaar, Paul Warwick Griffin, Nkosinathi Gqotso, André Samuels, Neels Coetzee, Peter Butler, Karin van der Laag, David Nissen and Eoudia Samson. Music composed by Péter Louis van Dijk.

1997 Shirley Johnston directed the play for the University of Stellenbosch Drama Department in the H.B. Thom Theatre, starring Jerick September, Ilse Oppelt, Francois Toerien, Jenny Stead, Anton Luitingh, Albert Snyman, Hugo Theart, Abduragman Adams and others.

2002: Performed at Maynardville, directed by Fred Abrahamse.

2012: Produced by Artscape at the Artscape Theatre and the National Arts Festival and from 23 January to 26 February 2013 at the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre, in repertory with Cardenio (12 January to 16 February 2013) This production was the play's sixth staging at Maynardville since the open-air theatre began in 1957. It featured Terence Bridgett, Hannah Borthwick, Sizwe Msutu and Sven Ruygrok among others. Costume and set design by Marcel Meyer. Lighting design by Faheem Bardien.

Sources

F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [4]: p. 66.

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p. 408

Trek, 14(5):42, 1950.

The Old Vic Company's South African season 1952 programme.

PACOFS theatre programme, 1964.

University of Cape Town Drama Department theatre programme, 1976.

Teaterwoordeboek, Vaktaalburo, 1977

Jan Juta. 1972. Background in Sunshine: Memories of South Africa. New York: Charles Scribner and Sons: p.52.

PACT theatre programme, 1981.

Maynardville theatre programmes, 1981 and 1995.

Peter Merrington. 2009. "Loyal Memory: The Tercentenary in Colonial Cape Town". In The Shakespearean International Yearbook Volume 9: Special section, South African Shakespeare in the Twentieth Century. (Guest editor: Laurence Wright) 29-45.

Baxter theatre programme, 1988.

US Drama Theatre programme, 1997

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

Cape Times, 17 April 2012.

Go to ESAT Bibliography

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Return to PLAYS I: Original SA plays

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