Dr Wake's Patient

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Dr Wake's Patient is a comedy in four acts by William Gayer Mackay (??-1920) and Robert Ord (fl. 1900).

Some versions give the names of the authors as "Gayer Mackay, Robert Ord William" and F.C.L. Bosman (1980:p. 432) has "W.J. Mackay and 'R. Ord' ". In a later edition by Forgotten Books (2016), the play is ascribed to Mackay alone, but all other reprint versions have the authorship as given above.

The original text

A romantic comedy about a farmer's son who has become a doctor, and falls in love with one of his patients who comes from a wealthy aristocratic background.

First produced by Otho Stuart at the Adelphi Theatre, London on 5 September, 1906.

Published in 1909 by Samuel French, ltd.

Translations and adaptations

Filmed by G.B. Samuelson Productions in 1916, directed by Fred Paul, with a scenario by Harry Engholm.

Performance history in South Africa

1910: Performed by the new De Jong-Black Company in the Tivoli Theatre, Cape Town, as part of a season that had commenced on 12 January.



Facsimile version of the 1909 Samuel French edition, The Internet Archive[1]


Google listing of later editions of the play[2]


F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.432-2

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