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''[[L'Idiot]]'' is a play by  André Barsacq (1909-1973)[https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andr%C3%A9_Barsacq].
==The original text==
A French adaptation for the stage of the novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881), it was first performed in 1966 at the Théâtre de l'Atelier. Published on L'Avant-Scène Théâtre (n° 367, 1966) and was filmed and broadcast in 1968.
==Translations and adaptations==
Barsacq's French adaptation was translated into English as '''''[[The Idiot]]'''''.
Barsacq's adaptation was translated into [[Afrikaans]] as '''''[[Die Idioot]]''''' by [[Annatjie Vorster|A.E. Gevers-Vorster]] in 1969.
Another adaptation of the Doestoevsky novel is the English play '''''[[Subject to Fits]]''''' by Robert Montgomery, which the author insists is not as an adaptation, but in fact a new work written as  "a response" to Dostoyevsky's novel. ('''For more on this adaptation, see the entry on ''[[Subject to Fits]]'''''.)
A play sometimes referred to as ''[[The Idiot]]'' by some translators/directors is '''''[[L'Imbecille]]''''' ("The imbecile") by Luigi Pirandello ()[], which is in fact an original work and not related to the Russian novel. A South African translation by [[Con de Villiers]] of the Prindello play is entitled ''[[Die Idioot]]''. ('''For more on Pirandello's play and versions of it, see the entry on ''[[L'Imbecile]]''''').
== Performance history in South Africa ==
1969: ''[[Die Idioot]]'', the Afrikaans version of the Barsacq text, was directed for [[CAPAB]] by [[Jo Gevers]], opening at the [[Port Elizabeth Opera House]] on 2 January 1969 and on 20 January 1969 in the [[Hofmeyr Theatre]], Cape Town. [[Jannie Gildenhuys]], [[Cobus Rossouw]], [[Ernst Eloff]] and [[Tine Balder]] in the lead roles, with [[Wena Naudé]], [[Pietro Nolte]], [[Fitz Morley]], [[Johan Malherbe]], [[Cheryl Heath]], [[Heléne Carstens]], [[Lianda Martin]], [[Val Donald]], [[Dawid van der Walt]], [[Leonora Nel]], [[Willem de la Querra]], [[Roelf Laubscher]], [[Martin Crous]], [[Will Bernard]] and [[Sandra Kotzé]]. Costumes designed by [[Jennifer Craig]].
== Sources ==
B. Poirot-Delpech. 1966. "''L'Idiot'', adapté de Dostoïevsky par André Barsacq", ''Le Monde'' 21 January, 1966[https://www.lemonde.fr/archives/article/1966/01/21/l-idiot-adapte-de-dostoievsky-par-andre-barsacq_2703802_1819218.html
''[[Teater SA]]'', 1(3), 1969.
''Die Idioot'' theatre programme, 1969.
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