Two Dozen Red Roses

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Two Dozen Red Roses is a play adapted from the Italian of Italian screenwriter Aldo De Benedetti [1] (1892-1970) by English writer Kenneth Horne [2] (1900-1975).

First performed at the Lyric Theatre, London, on 25 May 1949.

Published by Dramatists Play Service, 1953 [3].

The original text

Written in 1936, the original title in Italian was Due dozzine di rose scarlatte [4].

Translations and adaptations

Rose Scarlatte is a 1940 Italian comedy film.

Translated into Afrikaans entitled Twee Dosyn Rooi Rose by Jocelyn de Bruyn. Published by DALRO, 1969.

Performance history in South Africa

1955: Two Dozen Red Roses produced in 1955 by the Company of Three.

1976: The SWAPAC Company toured Namibia with Twee Dosyn Rooi Rose as part of their schools programme. Those on tour were Johan Botha, Lida Botha, Kobus Strydom, Antoinette Kellermann, Dawie Malan and Neels Bezuidenhout.


Tucker, 1997. 85.

SWAPAC News, 2(10, April 1976.

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