Miss Elizabeth's Prisoner

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Miss Elizabeth's Prisoner is a romantic comedy in three acts by Robert Neilson Stephens (1867-1906)[1] and E. Lyall Swete (1865-1930)[2]

The original text

A play set during the American Revolutionary War, produced on April 16, 1904, at The Imperial Theatre London.

Published by Samuel French in 1907.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1905: Performed in South Africa by Leonard Rayne and his company as part of a season of plays, inter alia playing in the Opera House, Cape Town. (The play's title wrongly given as "Miss Elizabeth Prisoner" in Bosman, 1980:p.422)


Transcribed version of the original text, the Internet Archive[3]



Marvin Lachman. 2014. The Villainous Stage: Crime Plays on Broadway and in the West End. McFarland[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 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: p.422

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