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Dora is a French comedy in five acts by of Victorien Sardou (1831-1908)[1].

The original text

First performed Dora at the Théâtre du Vaudeville, Paris on 22 January, 1877 and published in the same year.

Translations and adaptations

Translated and adapted for the English and American Stage as Diplomacy, a play in four acts, by "Bolton Rowe" (i.e. Benjamin Charles Stephenson, 1839-1906[2]), and "Saville Rowe" (i.e. Clement Scott, 1841-1904[3]). The production opened in London on 12 January at the Prince of Wales Theatre, in New York at Wallack's Theatre on 1 April, 1878 and in Chicago at McVicker's Theatre, on 24 August, 1878. The text published by Rosenfield, 190?

Twice filmed as Diplomacy, in 1916 as a silent film by the Famous Players Film Company and distributed by Paramount Pictures and in 1926 by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed through Paramount Pictures.

Performance history in South Africa

1886: Performed in English as Diplomacy by Madame Pearman's company in the Theatre Royal in Burg Street, Cape Town, as part of a short season of plays that began on 22 November. The production featured Emily Levettez as "Zicka" and Adolphus Ellis as "Baron Stein".

1892: Performed in English as Diplomacy by the Emilie Bevan Comedy Company in The Vaudeville Theatre, Cape Town, as part of a season of plays that ran from 8 August to late October.


Carolyn W. de la L. Oulton, et al. 2017. New Woman Fiction, 1881-1899 (Part I, Volume 1) Routledge[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.203-205

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