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Tuesday, September 11, 2018


Spring is here and the Pietermaritzburg drama club, Upstagers, have a new play!

Suddenly in Summer is a new play by the Upstagers Dramatic Club, and has been adapted by Paul Spence from the writings of Russia's greatest playwright, Anton Chekov, combining The Seagull and The Three Sisters. The production will be directed by Timothy Redpath and is produced by William le Cordeur, director of the Schlesinger Theatre. Suddenly in Summer is the second UDC production.

After a hugely successful season with his Agatha Christie adaptation, The Diamond Snow, resident director, and theatre extraordinaire, Paul Spence, is up to his magic again – this time inspired by Chekov who is known for his drama, but his plays were also known for their comedy, and of course, melodrama.

Upstagers’ new story takes place on a wine estate in the Cape Colony in the summer of 1899. The estate, owned by the Reitz family, borders onto a lake. There are rumours from the Boer Republic in the Transvaal of a coming war with Britain. For the three Reitz sisters and their brother, this summer will bring love, comedy, and unexpected drama.

The Upstagers are a new theatre company in the KZN Midlands based at the Schlesinger Theatre, Michaelhouse. The Diamond Snow, an Agatha Christie mystery, was performed this July at the Schlesinger Theatre.

Suddenly in Summer runs from September 27 to 29 at the Schlesinger Theatre at Michaelhouse. Tickets R80 (R50 seniors and scholars) booked through

For more information contact Angela 033 234 1314 or Will on 082 068 7734