Mata Hari

by  Don Nigro

Short Play, Drama  /  1m, 1f

A part of the collection Mata Hari and Other Plays.

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    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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On what could be the last night of her life, Mata Hari, exotic dancer, sex goddess, and accused spy, is visited in her prison cell by her long abandoned husband. She hopes he is there to save her, but instead he attacks her, accusing her of various sorts of betrayal. In her attempts to defend herself from his accusations, and from the accusation of treason for which she has been condemned to death, we begin to see the complex series of choices that have brought her to this desperate place. She is beautiful, funny, seductive, a bit wicked, and totally captivating. And her husband, for all his anger at her, is still very much under her spell. What he asks of her is to dance for him, her famous Dance of the Seven Veils. 
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  • WINNER! Outstanding Overall evening of an Entire Evening of One Acts/Paired Productions


Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £62 per performance
    £29 per play individually
    Plus VAT when applicable



  • Time Period: 1910s / WWI
  • Setting: The jail cell of Mata Hari in the year 1917. Night.


1m, 1f
MATA HARI - early forties
MACLEOD - early sixties
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Don Nigro

Don Nigro is among the most frequently published and widely produced playwrights in the world and has continued to build a deeply interrelated and diverse body of dramatic literature, employing a wide variety of dramatic conventions and styles of presentation. He has written monologues and epics, spare realistic dramas ...

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Mata Hari premiered at the Planet Theatre Connections Theatre Festival produced by Nylon Fusion Theatre Company in June 2013 under the direction of Ivette Dumeng.

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