An Empty Stocking

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An Empty Stocking is a play in one act by Fred Wright Jr (1871-1928)[1].

The original text

A play about a father, his deserted daughter and an impecunious author. Opened in The Strand Theatre, London on 18 May, 1898.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1899: Performed in the Theatre Royal, Durban, on 19 December by a visiting company led by Charles Arnold (referred to as Charles Arnold's English Comedy Company in some sources), as a double bill with What Happened to Jones (Broadhurst).

1900: The double bill performed by Charles Arnold's English Comedy Company in the Opera House Cape Town on 20 January.


J.P. Wearing. 2013. The London Stage 1890-1899: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel, Scarecrow Press, p. 397[2]

D.C. Boonzaier, 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1932. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.203-205

Walter Greyvenstein 1988a. The History and Development of Children's Theatre in English in South Africa. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. Johannesburg: Rand Afrikaans University.

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