Heartbreak House

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Heartbreak House: A Fantasia in the Russian Manner on English Themes is a play written by George Bernard Shaw, first published in 1919 and first played at the Garrick Theatre in November 1920. Later published by Constable in 1931.

Performance history in South Africa

1942: Produced by Robert Quentin in the Little Theatre in 1942, for the Combined Dramatic Societies of Cape Town, with Zoë Randall as Ellie Dunn, Billie Jones, Valda Adams, Leonard Schach, Malcolm Lomberg, Archie Foster, Derek Robinson, John Andrews, Kathleen Lee, A.J.A. Wilson. Settings by Cecil Pym.

1967: Directed by Leonard Schach for PACT at the Alexander Theatre in April 1967, with Siegfried Mynhardt, Joan Blake, Alec Bell, Arthur Hall, Maureen McAllister, Elizabeth Meyer, Kerry Jordan, François Swart, Frank Lazarus and Maggie Soboil. Decor by Raimond Schoop and costumes by Aubrey Couling.

1967: Directed by Frank Shelley for CAPAB opening Saturday 27 May 1967 at the Hofmeyr Theatre, featuring Norman Ettlinger (Boss Mangan), Michael Atkinson (Captain Shotover), Valerie Miller (Hesione Hushabye), Gillian Garlick (Ellie Dunn), Yvonne Bryceland (Lady Utterword), Pat Armstrong (Nurse Guinness), Elliot Playfair (Mazzini Dunn), Robert del Kyrke (Hector Hushabye), Norman Coombes (Randall Utterword) and Joey Wishnia (The Burglar). Set designed by Keith Anderson, costumes designed by Jennifer Craig.

Translations and adaptations


Wikipedia [1].

Trek 27 March 1942, 20.

Heartbreak House theatre programme, 1967.

Grütter, Wilhelm, CAPAB 25 Years, 1987. Unpublished research. p 59.

Inskip, 1977. p 126

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