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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 is the stage name of the 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].

Performance history in South Africa

1953: First produced in South Africa when the Johannesburg Reps celebrated their twenty-fifth anniversary. The production starred Tessa Laubscher.

1966: Staged by CAPAB, opening 14 December in the Hofmeyr Theatre, directed by visiting American director Stanley Waren [4], with Charlene Faktor (Gigi), Joyce Bradley (Mme. Alvarez), Paddy Canavan (Andree), Norman Coombes (Gaston Lachaille), Michael Mellinger (Victor),

1967: Staged by JODS in the Zion Hall in Johannesburg, directed by Taubie Kushlick, with Mary-Ann (Gigi), Joyce Bradley (Mme. Alvarez), Mary Harrison (Andree), Ivan Berold (Gaston Lachaille), George Jackson (Victor), Sybil Barnett (Alicia) and Sylvia Goldberg (Sidonie). Decor by Nina Campbell-Quine and costumes by Edele Chaskalson.


CAPAB theatre programme (undated).

JODS theatre programme, 1967.

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