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Rope by English playwright and novelist Patrick Hamilton (17 March 1904 – 23 September 1962) [1].

The original text

A psychological thriller in three acts about two students influenced by Nietzsche who kill a fellow student then invite a number of friends and the victim's father to a meal which they eat off the casket of the dead student.

Translations and adaptations

The play was translated into Afrikaans entitled Galgtou and, either renamed or in another translation, Die Sesde Gebod.

Performance history in South Africa

Presented by the Cape Reps, produced by Harold J. Laite in the Hofmeyr Hall, September 1946. With Cynthia Howison, W.S. Lee, E. Sakinofsky, Dan Bosman, Dorothy Olver, Ted Clapham, Arnold Pearce, Ulich Brown.

Translated into Afrikaans as Galgtou and produced by André Huguenet in 19**. The Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns ("South African Academy for Science and the Arts") bestowed a medal of honour on this production for the high standard set.

Die Sesde Gebod, a translation into Afrikaans by André Huguenet of Rope by Patrick Hamilton. Presented and directed by Huguenet and his Company at the Hofmeyr Hall, 5 March 1945. The cast: Estelle Hugo, Antonius Ferreira, Johann Nell, Annali Smuts, Rudolf Nel, Alvino Willemse and André Huguenet himself.


South African Opinion, 3(8):24; Trek, 11(6):18, 1946.

Trek, 9(18) :15, 1945.

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