A Bachelor of Arts

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A Bachelor of Arts is a comedy in two acts by Pelham Hardwicke ()[]

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The Victorian Theatre Project[1] lists a performance on 23 November in the Royal Lyceum Theatre, while the Royal Holloway archive of Plays Licensed in 1853")[2] indicates that the play was licenced in 1853 for performance at the Lyceum Theatre, London, on 29 November 1853. Published in Lacy's, vol. 12, no. 177.

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Performance history in South Africa

1858: Performed in Cape Town by J.E.H. English on 16 July in the New Music Hall in Buitekant Street, along with a performance of Box and Cox (Morton).

1859: Performed on 23 February in the Harrington Street Theatre, Cape Town by the young Annie Rowlands (at 13 years of age) as the central attraction supported by members of the Cape Town Dramatic Club, with Out to Nurse ().

1866: Performed in Cape Town by Leroy and Duret, in association with Alfred Ray, on 12 November in the Theatre Royal in Harrington Street, along with a performance of Cramond Brig, or The Gudeman of Ballangrich (Scott/Murray). It was a benefit performance for Mr T. Brazier and Mrs Brazier.

1870: Performed in the Institute Assembly Hall, Cape Town, by The Young Men's Institute and Club Dramatic Company on 14 June the song The Slave Ship[3], sung by an unnamed member of the club and the new farce A Terrible Tinker (Williams).


Plays Licensed in 1853 - Royal Holloway ("Lord Chamberlain's Plays, 1852 - 1866. November - December 1853")[4]

Catalogue of The Victorian Plays Project, Volume 12[5]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 120, 168, 213, 275.

William Groom. 1899-1900. Drama in Cape Town. Cape Illustrated Magazine, 10(4): 478-481, 517-520, 547-552, 580-584, 640-643, 670-672, 706-708.

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