Also known as Strindberg Without Tears
See also Dödsdansen
The original text
This is a free adaptation of August Strindberg's Dödsdansen. Though it is in many ways an independent and quite different play, it makes use of the characters and central situation of The Dance of Death. The author's alternative working title for the play was Strindberg Without Tears, possibly the better known title in South Africa.
It is a free adaptation of August Strindberg's using Strindberg's characters. The author's alternative working title for the play was Strindberg Without Tears, possibly the better known title in South Africa.
Written in 1968, it was first performed in German under the title Play Strindberg. Totentanz nach August Strindberg on 8 February in theBasler Komödie, directed by Durrenmatt himself and Erich Holliger. The text was published in German in 1969.
Translations and adaptations
Published in English as Play Strindberg: The dance of death, choreographed by Friedrich Durrenmatt translated from the German by James Kirkup. London : Jonathan Cape, 1972.
Performance history in South Africa
1971: Presented by CAPAB Drama's Theatre Laboratory at the Hofmeyr Theatre in 1971. Dürrenmatt's alternative working title for the play, Strindberg Without Tears, was used for this production. Nicholas Wright directed, the cast were Michael Atkinson, Marika Mann and John Whiteley. Designed by Raimond Schoop, assisted by Penny Simpson. Musical arrangements by Michael Tuffin, dance supervised by Jennifer Craig.
Strindberg Without Tears theatre programme, 1971.
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