The Owl and the Pussycat

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The Owl and the Pussycat is a 1964 Broadway stage play written by Hollywood screenwriter and producer and playwright Bill Manhoff (1919-1974) [1].

The title was borrowed from but unrelated to a nonsense poem The Owl and the Pussycat written by Edward Lear, first published during 1871 [2].

The original text

Translations and adaptations

A subsequent 1970 movie featuring Barbra Streisand and George Segal was based on the stage play.

Performance history in South Africa

Manhoff's play was the opening production of the Academy Theatre in 1967, starring Barbara Kinghorn and Christopher Galloway. It was directed by Joan Brickhill and Louis Burke.

Rhodes University Drama Department The Owl and the Pussycat by Sheila Ruskin [3] and David Wood [4]], based on the stories and verses of Edward Lear, directed by Jane Osborne in August 1976.


Theatre programme (Academy Theatre) held by NELM: [Collection: Theatre programmes]: 2009. 80. 90.

Programmes held by NELM: [Collection: Rhodes University. Drama Department]: 2011. 370. 2. 4.

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