The Anniversary (by Bill MacIlwraith)

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The Anniversary is a black comedy written by British dramatist and screenwriter Bill MacIlwraith (1928- ) [1]. The action is set during the annual celebration held to remember Mum and Dad’s wedding day.

The original text

It was first staged in 1966 and made into a film starring Bette Davis as Mum, in 1968.

The original text

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1966: Staged by Frank Shelley at the Alexander Theatre, starring Erica Rogers and Ian Hamilton.

1971: Directed by Elliot Playfair in co-operation with CAPAB in Uitenhage.


Grütter, Wilhelm, CAPAB 25 Years, 1987. Unpublished research. p 417.

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