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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. she can cure

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. It is uncertain which text was used in this case.


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

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