Die Ryk Weduwee
("The Rich Widow") by Uys Krige. A hugely popular Afrikaans farce about a widow and her many suitors. Winner of the 2nd prize in the Afrikaans section of the 1952 Van Riebeeck Festival national play competition. First performed by NTO in 1953, directed by Anna Richter-Visser and opening in the Library Theatre in Market Street, before touring the country with 254 performances. The décor was by Kobus Esterhuysen, lighting by Harry Ligoff. The cast: Wena Naudé, Eghard van der Hoven, Daan Retief, Japie van Niekerk, Pikkie van Niekerk, Dawid van der Walt, Etrecia Mocke, Hannes Venter (later replaced by Reenen van Niekerk.
Popular with amateur groups and professionals alike. Done by CAPAB in the Hofmeyr Theatre in 1974, by PACT in the State Theatre Pretoria 1986, and in Namibia by SWAPAC in 1977/8*? First published by Afr. Pers-Boekhandel in the 1950s. 2010 version – with Roeline Daneel, Elsabé Daneel, Waldemar Schultz, Susanne Beyers, Antoinette Louw, Lulu Botha, Deon Lotz and ********: KKNK 2010.
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