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King Kong (originally simply "Kong") is the name given to the colossal gorilla, a character created by filmmaker Merian C. Cooper and scriptwriter Edgar Wallace (1875–1932)  for the sensational 1933 RKO film by the same name.
The film went on to become an influential cinematic legend, with the character firmly established as one of the world's most famous movie icons, and both the character and the theme (of a ravaging huge monster) inspiring countless sequels, remakes, spin-offs, imitators, parodies, cartoons, books, comics, video games, theme park rides, and even a number of stage plays. His role in the different narratives varies, ranging from a rampaging monster to a tragic antihero.
South African stage versions
In South Africa there have been two stage plays by this name.
(1) King Kong: An All-African Jazz Opera by Todd Matshikiza, Harry Bloom and Pat Willams(1959)
(2) King Kong by Aldo Brincat (2001)
Called a "Physical Comedy", it is a one hour slapstick spoof on the movie of the same name, written and produced by Aldo Brincat in Durban, 2001
King Kong won two Durban theatre awards at the time, one for best director the other for best actor (Michael Gritten).
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