La Double Inconstance

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La Double Inconstance ("The double inconstancy") is a three-act French romantic comedy by Marivaux (1688–1763)[1].

The original text

It was first performed on 6 April 1723 by the Comédie Italienne.

The two main characters think they are in love but gradually discover their error when true love enters their lives.

Translations and adaptations

There have been a number of English translations, usually titled The Double Inconstancy or Double Infidelity.

A South African English translation and adaptation called The Double Face of Love was done by Jocelyn de Bruyn in 1971.

Performance history in South Africa

1971: The De Bruyn translation staged by the University Theatre of Stellenbosch's Universiteitsteater Stellenbosch (UTS in the H.B. Thom Theatre during September 1971, directed by Joc. de Bruyn (assisted by Ria Olivier and Dawie Malan). The cast consisted of Sharon Montgomery (Sylvia), Johann van Heerden (Robin), Chris van Rensburg (The Prince), Fred Nel (Trivel), Helena Stockigt (Flaminia), Joleen Lubowski/Juanita Swanepoel (Lisette), Leon van Nierop (Lackey) and (as the courtiers) Jannie Botes, Deon Bosman, Roberta Durrant, Leonette van der Merwe and Marie Dorfling. Décor by Adri Schutte, costumes by Cecilia Pienaar, lighting by Emile Aucamp and choreography by Gisela Taeger-Berger.


UTS theatre programme, September 1971.

A poster-pamphlet of the 1971 UTS production

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