Richard of Bordeaux

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Richard of Bordeaux (1932) is a play by Gordon Daviot (the pen name of Elizabeth MacIntosh). Written for John Gielgud who directed it with himself as Richard at the New Theatre London in February 1932. An enormous success. The play is a colourful and sympathetic portrait of Richard II in which his wife Anne of Bohemia is given great prominence as an equal partner in their relationship.

The original text

Published in: Gallows glorious / Ronald Gow. Lady Precious Stream / S.I. Hsiung. Richard of Bordeaux / Gordon Daviot. Harmondsworth, England : Penguin, 1958.

Performance history in South Africa

1943: Presented by girls of Herschel School, Cape Town.

May 15, 1949: Performed by 35 pupils of the Collegiate School for Girls at the original Stevenson Hall (now demolished) when the school was in Bird Street, Port Elizabeth. Produced by Mrs ? Tasker and starring Jean Thompson, Rosemary Lambson, Anne Perrott, Sally Kelly-Peterson, Penelope Grahame, Ann Vrry, Helene Matthews. The set was designed by Olivia Castignani.

1951: Performed in South Africa by the Children's Theatre at the Wits Great Hall in 1951, directed by Minna Millsten with sets by her husband Basil Warner starring John Rutherford.


Trek 7(26):16, 1943.

Tucker, 1997.

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