Die Ryk Weduwee

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("The Rich Widow") by Uys Krige (1910-1987). 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.

The original text

Published by Afrikaanse Pers, 1958.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

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.

Directed by Laurie van der Merwe for TRUK, 1968.

Done by CAPAB in the Hofmeyr Theatre in 1974, in Namibia by SWAPAC in 1977/8*?, by PACOFS in 1980, directed by Sandra Kotzé with Cobus Rossouw and Ronel Kriel and by PACT in the State Theatre Pretoria 1986.

2010 version – with Roeline Daneel, Elsabé Daneel, Waldemar Schultz, Susanne Beyers, Antoinette Louw, Lulu Botha, Deon Lotz and ********: KKNK 2010.


PACT list, 1972.

PACOFS Drama 25 Years, 1963-1988.

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