The Night of the Iguana

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The Night of the Iguana [1] is a 1961 play by American playwright Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) [2].

The original text

Based on a short story of the same name wrtitten by Williams in 1948.

Translations and adaptations

Two film adaptations have been made, including the Academy Award-winning 1964 film directed by John Huston and starring Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, and Deborah Kerr. The other is a 2000 Serbo-Croatian production.

Performance history in South Africa

1962: Directed by Leonard Schach, performed by the Cockpit Players (then known as Leonard Schach Productions) in Johannesburg, as well as Cape Town. Cast members included Siegfried Mynhardt (Jonathan Coffin), Diane Wilson (Hilda), Margaret Inglis (Hannah Jelkes), Kerry Jordan (Jake Latta), Michael McGovern (Rev Shannon), Justin Scholte (Pancho), Bill Brewer (Hank), Paddy Canavan (Judith Fellowes), Matias Fernandez (Pedro), Marjorie Gordon (Maxine Faulk), Len Dayler (Wolfgang), Yossi Graber (Herr Fahrenkopf) and Estelle Kohler (Charlotte Goodall). It was staged at the Playhouse in Johannesburg on the 19th of July, 1962 and was the first performance of this play outside the U.S.A. It was also the last production by the Cockpit Players.

1983: Staged by PACT Drama, directed by William Egan, with Eric Flynn (Rev. Shannon), Annabel Linder (Maxine Faulk), Sandra Duncan (Hannah Jelkes), Carol-Ann Kelleher (Charlotte Goodall), Steffen Zoutendijk (Hank), Theresa Iglich (Judith Fellowes), Graham Weir (Pedro), Martin le Maitre (Pancho), Norman Coombes (Herr Fahrenkopf), Sheila Ferguson (Frau Fahrenkopf), Frank Dankert (Wolfgang), Karin Jerg (Hilda), Anthony James (Jonathan Coffin) and James Borthwick (Jake Latta). Designed by Ed Haynes.


Inskip, 1977. p 123.

Leonard Schach Productions theatre programme, 1962.

PACT theatre programme, 1983.

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

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