Song of Songs (Giraudoux)

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Song of Songs
Written by Jean Giraudoux
Characters The President, Florence
Jerome, The Manager,
The Cashier, The Waiter
Date premiered 12 October 1938
Place premiered Comedie Française in Paris
Original language French
Subject The bittersweet end of an affair
Genre Tragedy
Setting A cafe in Paris, 1935

Song of Songs is an English adaptation of the play Cantique des Cantiques written in 1938 by the French dramatist Jean Giraudoux.

Plot summary[edit]

The President is at a table of in Parisian cafe waiting for his young lover, Florence. When she arrives she announces that she is going to marry Jerome, a young man she has just met.

Original productions[edit]

Cantique des Cantiques was translated into English by John Raikes, in the Tulane Drama Review (1959), and by Herma Briffault, in Barry Ulanov, Makers of Modern Theatre (1961).[1]

Cantique des Cantiques was first performed on 12 October 1938[2] in Paris at the Comedie Française 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. 342, Columbia University Press, New York.
  3. ^ Inskip, Donald, (1958), Jean Giraudoux, The Making of a Dramatist, p. 182, Oxford University Press, New York.