Five Miles Off, or The Finger Post

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Five Miles Off, or The Finger Post is a comedy in three acts by Thomas John Dibdin (1771 – 1841)[1]

The original text

First performed on July 1806 at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket; with a Prologue and Epilogue by George Colman Junior. First published by Barker and Son in 1806.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1824: Performed in Cape Town on 7 July by the Amateur Company with Love, Law and Physic (Kenney).


Facsimile version of the 1806 published version of the text, Google E-book[2]

William J. Burling. 2000. Summer Theatre in London, 1661-1820, and the Rise of the Haymarket Theatre., Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (p. 233)[3]

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [4]: pp. 185

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