Reynard the Fox
Reynard the Fox is both the name of a character in, and the English title of, a literary cycle of medieval allegorical Dutch, English, French and German fables, which were often adapted and dramatized in a range of guises and under various titles.
The first extant versions of the cycle date from the second half of the 12th century. The genre is very popular throughout the Late Middle Ages, and in chapbook form throughout the Early Modern period.
Adaptation for stage and other media
Numerous stage and film versions have been done of the basic tale of the fox and the wolf, often as children's plays and films.
South African versions
Performance history in South Africa
1861: A farce billed as The Fox and the Wolf (by an unnamed author) was performed in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, by Sefton Parry and his company, on 12 September, as afterpiece to Othello (Shakespeare). The farce was quite probably a burlesque version of Reynard the Fox.
1964: A version of the original tale, adapted by Arthur Fauquez under the title Reynard the Fox, was performed in South Africa by Irene and Orlin Corey with their Everyman Players under the auspices of Taubie Kushlick. Done as a gala performance to raise funds for Children's Theatre.
1977: Performed by Universiteitsteater Stellenbosch in September in the H.B. Thom Theatre, directed by Herman Pretorius, starring Dawid Minnaar, Johan Fourie, Rachelle Greeff, Niel le Roux, Elizabeth Archer and others.
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