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''The Comedy of Errors'' by William Shakespeare. Much performed and studied over the years, this play was first performed in English by ** in ***.  
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''[[The Comedy of Errors]]'' by William Shakespeare. Much performed and studied over the years, this play was first performed in English at Gray's Inn Hall in 1594.  
  
 
== Performance history in South Africa ==
 
== Performance history in South Africa ==
The first professional production in South Africa was performed by the touring [[Henry Herbert Company]] in 1913.
 
  
In July 1983 it was the first production in the new [[Wits Theatre Complex|Wits Theatre]] with [[Ian Steadman]] directing [[University of the Witwatersrand Drama Department|Wits]] drama students. It featured students of the School of Music playing an especially written score by Professor Henk Temmingh.  
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1913:The first professional production in South Africa was performed by [[Henry Herbert]] and his touring [[Henry Herbert Company]] in 1913.
  
Produced by [[Ken Leach]] for [[CAPAB]] at Maynardville, opening on 17 January 1986. It was revived at the beginning of 1988, directed by [[Mark Graham]].
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1964: Directed by [[Alexandra Dane]] for the [[Cambridge University European Theatre Group|Cambridge Theatre Group]] tour of South Africa in July - August 1964.
  
First performed by ***.  
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1983: In July 1983 it was the first production in the new [[Wits Theatre Complex|Wits Theatre]] with [[Ian Steadman]] directing [[University of the Witwatersrand Drama Department|Wits]] drama students. It featured students of the School of Music playing an especially written score by Professor Henk Temmingh.  
  
Later performed by [[CAPAB]] in 1989, directed by [[Marthinus Basson]] and featuring **, ** [[Antoinette Kellermann]] , **. First published by Tafelberg in 19**).
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1985: A [[PACT]] production staged at the [[Alexander Theatre]] and the [[State Theatre]] in 1985 was directed by [[Janice Honeyman]] starring [[Neville Thomas]], [[Dale Cutts]], [[Graham Hopkins]], [[Martin le Maitre]], [[Frantz Dobrowsky]], [[Russel Savadier]], [[Maralin Vanrenen]], [[Clare Stopford]], [[Charlotte Butler]], [[Peter Terry]], [[Barry French]], [[Billy Second]], [[Margaret Heale]], [[Guy de Lancey]], [[Bruce Alexander]], [[Gina Benjamin]] and [[Karen Going]]. Decor by [[Andrew Botha]], costumes by [[Frances Michaletos]], lighting by [[Stan Knight]].  
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1986: Directed by [[Ken Leach]] for [[CAPAB]] at [[Maynardville]], opening on 17 January 1986. The cast: [[Ronald France]], [[Bill Jervis]], [[Michael Richard]], [[Andrew Buckland]], [[Mark Graham]], [[Silamour Philander]], [[Grethe Fox]], [[Mary Dreyer]], [[Paddy Canavan]], [[Shaleen Surtie-Richards]], [[Royston Stoffels]], [[Gordon van Rooyen]], [[Joseph Ribeiro]], [[André Roothman]], [[Jamie Bartlett]], [[Louise Saint-Claire]]. [[Paul Smith]], [[Chris Baatjies]]. The production was revived at the beginning of 1988 with changes in the cast, directed by [[Mark Graham]]. Designer: [[Dicky Longhurst]].
  
 
==Translations and adaptations==
 
==Translations and adaptations==
Translated and adapted as [[Kinkels innie Kabel]] (="twists in the cable") by [[André P. Brink]]. It was a hugely popular adaptation to a Western Cape setting , utilizing the local regional variant of [[Afrikaans]] called "Kaaps" to good effect.
 
  
Published by Buren in 1971.  
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Translated into Setswana by [[Sol Plaatje]] entitled ''Diphosophoso'' (literally "Mistakes, mistakes") and published as ''Diphosophoso : Shakespeare's 'The Comedy of Errors'; E fetoletswe mo puong ya Setswana ke Solomon Tshekiso Plaatje''. Morija: Morija Printing Works, 1930; Gaberones : Botswana Book Centre, 1964. Performed at the [[Aardklop festival]] 2005, directed by [[Josias Moleele]].
  
Directed by [[Carel Trichardt]] for [[PACT]] in the [[Breytenbach Theatre]], opening 15 April 1970.  
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Translated and adapted into [[Afrikaans]] as ''[[Kinkels innie Kabel]]'' (="twists in the cable") by [[André P. Brink]]. It was a hugely popular adaptation to a Western Cape setting , utilizing the local regional variant of [[Afrikaans]] called "Kaaps" to good effect.  '''See''' ''[[Kinkels innie Kabel]]''.
  
Directed by [[Robert Mohr]] in Cape Town?
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== Sources ==
 
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Research material on the theatre in South Africa (re 1964 production) held by [[NELM]]: [Collection: FLETCHER, Jill]: 2005. 75. 19. 2.
Directed by [[William Egan]] for [[CAPAB]], opening in the [[Nico Malan Theatre]] 6 April 1979. Designs by [[Raimond Schoop]], lighting by [[John T. Baker]]. The cast were [[Brümilda van Rensburg]], [[Willem de la Querra]], [[Neels Coetzee]], [[Johan Esterhuizen]], [[Johan Botha]], [[Allan Dyssel]], [[Marko van der Colff]], [[Martin Crous]], [[Amanda Strydom]], [[Sandra Ferreira]], [[Melanie-Ann Sher]], [[Trix Pienaar]].
 
 
 
[[PACT]] (the Afrikaans translation), 1981, directed by [[Carel Trichardt]] featuring [[Magda Beukes]], [[Klasie Coetzee]], [[Johan Blignaut]], [[Nico Liebenberg]], [[Pierre van Pletzen]], [[Eric Nobbs]], [[Graham Weir]], [[Trudie Lamprecht]]. Designs by Frances Michaletos.
 
 
 
In 1981 a [[PACOFS]] production directed by [[Sandra Kotzé]] visited several venues in KwaZulu Natal. Costumes were designed by [[Dicky Longhurst]].
 
 
 
Staged for [[CAPAB]] in the Arena at the [[Nico Malan Theatre]], directed by [[Mark Graham]], with [[Peter Butler]], [[Ivan Abrahams]], [[Gail Reagon]], [[Denise Newman]], [[Noel Oostendorp]], [[Shaun Arnolds]], [[Denver Vraagom]], [[Nazli George]], [[Joseph Mitchell]], [[Sizwe Msutu]], [[Vinette Ebrahim]], [[James Raubenheimer]], and others, in March and the [[Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees]] in April 1995.
 
  
== Sources ==
 
 
CAPAB theatre pamphlet, 1979.
 
CAPAB theatre pamphlet, 1979.
  
 
PACT theatre pamphlet, July 1981.
 
PACT theatre pamphlet, July 1981.
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''NAPAC News'', April 1981.
  
 
''[[Teaterforum]]'', 4(1), 1983, 113.
 
''[[Teaterforum]]'', 4(1), 1983, 113.

Latest revision as of 14:30, 5 September 2017

The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare. Much performed and studied over the years, this play was first performed in English at Gray's Inn Hall in 1594.

Performance history in South Africa

1913:The first professional production in South Africa was performed by Henry Herbert and his touring Henry Herbert Company in 1913.

1964: Directed by Alexandra Dane for the Cambridge Theatre Group tour of South Africa in July - August 1964.

1983: In July 1983 it was the first production in the new Wits Theatre with Ian Steadman directing Wits drama students. It featured students of the School of Music playing an especially written score by Professor Henk Temmingh.

1985: A PACT production staged at the Alexander Theatre and the State Theatre in 1985 was directed by Janice Honeyman starring Neville Thomas, Dale Cutts, Graham Hopkins, Martin le Maitre, Frantz Dobrowsky, Russel Savadier, Maralin Vanrenen, Clare Stopford, Charlotte Butler, Peter Terry, Barry French, Billy Second, Margaret Heale, Guy de Lancey, Bruce Alexander, Gina Benjamin and Karen Going. Decor by Andrew Botha, costumes by Frances Michaletos, lighting by Stan Knight.

1986: Directed by Ken Leach for CAPAB at Maynardville, opening on 17 January 1986. The cast: Ronald France, Bill Jervis, Michael Richard, Andrew Buckland, Mark Graham, Silamour Philander, Grethe Fox, Mary Dreyer, Paddy Canavan, Shaleen Surtie-Richards, Royston Stoffels, Gordon van Rooyen, Joseph Ribeiro, André Roothman, Jamie Bartlett, Louise Saint-Claire. Paul Smith, Chris Baatjies. The production was revived at the beginning of 1988 with changes in the cast, directed by Mark Graham. Designer: Dicky Longhurst.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Setswana by Sol Plaatje entitled Diphosophoso (literally "Mistakes, mistakes") and published as Diphosophoso : Shakespeare's 'The Comedy of Errors'; E fetoletswe mo puong ya Setswana ke Solomon Tshekiso Plaatje. Morija: Morija Printing Works, 1930; Gaberones : Botswana Book Centre, 1964. Performed at the Aardklop festival 2005, directed by Josias Moleele.

Translated and adapted into Afrikaans as Kinkels innie Kabel (="twists in the cable") by André P. Brink. It was a hugely popular adaptation to a Western Cape setting , utilizing the local regional variant of Afrikaans called "Kaaps" to good effect. See Kinkels innie Kabel.

Sources

Research material on the theatre in South Africa (re 1964 production) held by NELM: [Collection: FLETCHER, Jill]: 2005. 75. 19. 2.

CAPAB theatre pamphlet, 1979.

PACT theatre pamphlet, July 1981.

NAPAC News, April 1981.

Teaterforum, 4(1), 1983, 113.

Quince, 1990

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