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Bess is a drama in three acts by Mrs. Oscar Beringer (Aimée Daniell Beringer, 1856–1936)[1].

The original text

First performed in the Novelty Theatre, London on 17 November, 1891, and produced again as a matinee performance, in aid of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, at St James's Theatre, London, on 12 June, 1893, produced by and featuring Geneviève Ward, with W.H. Vernon, among others. Unpublished.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1891-2: Performed in English by the Geneviève Ward Company during a nine months' tour of South Africa, under the auspices of Luscombe Searelle, featuring Geneviève Ward and W.H. Vernon in the leading roles.


Beringer, Aimée Daniell (1856–1936). "Dictionary of Women Worldwide: 25,000 Women Through the Ages". . 11 Apr. 2018 <>.

J.P. Wearing. 2013. The London Stage 1890-1899: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel, Scarecrow Press: p. 172[2]

Kerry Powell. , 2007. Women and Victorian Theatre Cambridge University Press, p. 193[3]

Allardyce Nicoll. 1975. History of English Drama, 1660-1900, Volume 5, Part 2. CUP Archive: p. 259[4]

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 1923. (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.392-3

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