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Judah is a play in three acts by Henry Arthur Jones (1851–1929)[1].

The original text

A play about a fanatical Welsh clergyman named "Judah Llewellyn" who falls in love with a young girl called "Vashti Dethic", who - urged by her father - has persuaded people she can cure them through fasting and faith-healing.

First performed at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London, on 21 May, 1890 and published by Macmillan and Company in 1894.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1892: Performed in the Vaudeville Theatre, Cape Town, by the visiting Emilie Bevan Comedy Company as part of a three-and-a-half month season of 20 plays which began on 8 August.

1897: Performed in the Opera House, Cape Town, by the visiting actor Edward Sass and his company, under the management of the Wheeler Company, as part of a season of three plays that opened in January.


Facsimile version of the 1894 MacMillan text, The Internet Archive[2]


Richard Foulkes. 1997. Church and Stage in Victorian England. Cambridge University Press: pp.200-201[3]

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.394-5, 405.

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