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Travesties is a play by British playwright Tom Stoppard [1] (1937-).

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The play centres on the figure of Henry Carr, an elderly man who reminisces about Zürich in 1917 during the First World War, and his interactions with James Joyce when he was writing Ulysses, Tristan Tzara during the rise of Dada, and Lenin leading up to the Russian Revolution, all of whom were living in Zürich at that time. Travesties was first produced at the Aldwych Theatre, London, on 10 June 1974, by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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Performance history in South Africa

1977: Directed by Christopher Hahn at the Little Theatre, Cape Town, starring Richard Grant, Jeroen Kranenburg, Michael Shevelew, Michael O'Brien, Henry Cameron, Glendyr Sacks, Clare Stopford, Di Britz.

1978: Directed by Malcolm Purkey, with Vanessa Cooke, Nicholas Ellenbogen and William Kentridge at Upstairs at the Market in 1978.

1994: Presented by CAPAB Drama in the Nico Theatre April 9-30, 1994. Directed by Roy Sargeant, designs by Peter Cazalet, lighting by John T. Baker, music by Michael Tuffin. The cast members were Michael Atkinson, Peter Butler, Ralph Lawson, Neels Coetzee, Jana van Niekerk, Michelle Scott, Graham Armitage and Diane Wilson.


Travesties theatre programmes, 1977, 1994.

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