Judith (play)

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This article is about the play by Giraudoux. For the play by Hebbel, see Judith (Hebbel).
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Judith Beheading Holofernes
by Caravaggio
Written by Jean Giraudoux
Characters Joseph, John, Prophet, Joachim,
Paul, Judith, Susannah, Egon,
Sara, Holofernes, Guard
Date premiered 4 November 1931
Place premiered Théâtre Pigalle in Paris
Original language French
Subject Judith must seduce and kill invading general to save her city.
Genre Tragedy
Setting Ancient Judea

Judith is a play written in 1931 by French dramatist Jean Giraudoux.

Original productions[edit]

Judith was translated into English by John K. Savacool, in The Modern Theatre, ed. Eric Bentley, vol. 3 (1955), and by Christopher Fry, in The Drama of Jean Giraudoux, vol. 1 (1963).[1]

Judith was first performed on 4 November 1931[2] in Paris at the Théâtre Pigalle in a production by Louis Jouvet.[3]


  1. ^ Cohen, Robert (1968), Jean Giraudoux; Three Faces of Destiny, p. 158, University of Chicago Press, Chicago
  2. ^ Grossvogel, David I. (1958), 20th Century French Drama, p. 341, Columbia University Press, New York.
  3. ^ Inskip, Donald, (1958), Jean Giraudoux, The Making of a Dramatist, p. 182, Oxford University Press, New York.

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