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Gigi is a popular 1951 Broadway play by American screenwriter, playwright and author Anita Loos (1889-1981) [1]. The play is based on the French novella of the same name by Colette.


Gigi: Stage name for South African actress Perlé van Schalkwyk.

The original text

A number of stage. stage musical and film adaptations have been based on Gigi [2] the 1944 novella by French novelist Colette (Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, 1873–1954) [3].

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

First produced in South Africa when the Johannesburg Reps celebrated their twenty-fifth anniversary in 1953, starring Tessa Laubscher. In 1967 Taubie Kushlick staged it again at the Zion Hall in Johannesburg.

Presented by CAPAB, opening 14 December 1966, at the Hofmeyr Theatre, directed by visiting American director Stanley Waren [4].


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