The Road to Mecca

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The Road to Mecca
Written by Athol Fugard
Characters Rev. Marius Byleveld
Elsa Barlow
Miss Helen

The Road to Mecca is a play by South African playwright Athol Fugard. It was inspired by the story of Helen Martins, who lived in Nieu-Bethesda, Eastern Cape, South Africa and created The Owl House, which is now a provincial heritage site.

The play was first performed at the National Theatre in London and then moved to the Spoleto Festival USA in 1987, starring Athol Fugard as the Rev. Marius Byleveld, Charlotte Cornwell as Elsa Barlow, and Yvonne Bryceland as Miss Helen. The play won the 1988 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Foreign Play.

1992 film adaptation[edit]

The 1992 film adaptation of The Road to Mecca, written by Peter Goldsmid, who also co-directed it with Fugard, starred Fugard as the Rev. Marius Byleveld, Kathy Bates as Elsa Barlow, and Yvonne Bryceland as Miss Helen.

2011 Broadway production[edit]

A Broadway production starring Rosemary Harris, Jim Dale and Carla Gugino ran from December 16, 2011, to March 4, 2012, at Roundabout Theatre Company's American Airlines Theatre.[1]


  1. ^ "The Road to Mecca on Broadway". Playbill Vault. 


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