Death and the Maiden


Death and the Maiden had a reading at the Institute for Contemporary Art in London on 30 November 1990:

  • Paulina — Penelope Wilton
  • Gerardo — Michael Maloney
  • Roberto — Jonathan Hyde
  • Directed by Peter James

A workshop production was staged and opened in Santiago, Chile, on 10 March 1991:

  • Paulina — Maria Elena Duvauchelle
  • Gerardo — Hugo Medina
  • Roberto — Tito Bustamante
  • Directed by Ana Reeves

Death and the Maiden had its world premiere at The Royal Court Upstairs on 9 July 1991:

  • Paulina — Juliet Stevenson
  • Gerardo — Bill Paterson
  • Roberto — Michael Byrne
  • Directed by Lindsay Posner

With the same cast and director, it transferred to the Mainstage at The Royal Court on 4 November 1991.

The American Broadway premiere of Death and the Maiden opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on 17 March 1992, produced by Roger Berlind, Gladys Nederlander and Frederick Zollo, in association with Thom Mount and Bonnie Timmermann:

  • Paulina — Glenn Close
  • Gerardo — Richard Dreyfuss
  • Roberto — Gene Hackman
  • Directed by Mike Nichols

The Australian premiere production of Death and the Maiden took place on 16 December 1992.

  • Paulina – Helen Morse
  • Gerardo – John Gaden
  • Roberto – Frank Gallacher
  • Directed by Neil Armfield

The Indian premiere of Death and the Maiden (in Hindi translation by Shalini Vatsa) opened at the India Habitat Centre New Delhi on 17 February 2002, produced by Asmita Theatre.

Death and the Maiden returned to London's West End in 2011 at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

  • Paulina – Thandie Newton
  • Gerardo – Tom Goodman-Hill
  • Roberto – Anthony Calf
  • Directed by Jeremy Herrin

Death and the Maiden was performed in Iran on 4 November 2015.

  • Paulina — Nazanin Khoshnood
  • Gerardo — Jafar Del Del
  • Roberto — Mohammad Babaea
  • Directed by Mohsen Sadeghian

in 2015 Death and the Maiden was staged as a co-production between the Melbourne Theatre Company (18 July-22 August) and the Sydney Theatre Company (2 September-17 October). Susie Porter played Paulina with Eugene Gilfedder as the man whose voice might be his undoing.

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