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A comedy-thriller by Friedrich Dürrenmatt.

The English translation, by , first produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Aldwych Theatre in 1963. Directed by

Performance history in South Africa

Produced in South Africa in September 1963 by the Langford-Inglis Company in conjunction with the Alexander Theatre. The play's first run was at the Aldwych Theatre in January of the same year. Directed by Robert Langford and Margaret Inglis, who also played the leads, with Angela Davidson, Helen Braithwaite, Frank Douglass, Bryan Bayles, Hugh Fowler, Karl Winter, Leslie Zulberg, George Lane, Bess Finney, Don Clifford, Allan Zulberg, Gabriel Bayman, Mary Miller, Gilbert Xaba, Billy Rutherford, Maurice Cinamon. Sets by Roy Cooke, House manager Michael Coulson, Stage manager Karl Winter, Assistant satege managers Angela Davidson and Hugh Fowler. It is a comedy thriller and considered to be "parable" of the time, referred to as comedie-noire. The play examines the moral position of the scientist in a "world shadowed by a mushroom cloud".

Produced by CAPAB, opening in Port Elizabeth on 10 March 1964.

Translations and adaptations


Grütter, Wilhelm, CAPAB 25 Years, 1987. Unpublished research. p 415. (Ms in Centaps archives.)

Programme Alexander Theatre. No 166 September, 1963.

Bosman, 1928: pp

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