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Old-World (Starmodnaya Komediya = “Old Fashioned Comedy”) by Aleksei Arbuzov [1] (1908-1986). A play about the medical head of sanatorium who falls in love with difficult patient. First produced in Russia in 1975. First production of the English translation by Ariadne Nicolaeff in England in 1976.

The original text

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

First produced in South Africa, opening 30 March 1984, by the Baxter Theatre, starring Zoë Randall and John Carson and directed by Rosalie van der Gucht. Also played at the Leonard Rayne Theatre in Johannesburg opening 20 September 1984.

Old-World was presented by the Port Elizabeth Shakespearean Festival, assisted by CAPAB and in association with the Department of Education and Culture. It was a Helen Mann and Two Hander production starring Joan Sneesby and Andre Lemmer. It was the very first show to be staged at The Barn theatre at the Port Elizabeth Opera House from the 17th to the 22nd June, 1986.


In Praise of Rattigan theatre programme 1984 Forthcoming Attractions.

Original poster for Old-World, 1986.

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