Nita's First

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Nita's First is a farcical comedy in three acts by T.G. Warren (T. Gideon Warren, 1855-1919)[].

The original text

First performed at the Novelty Theatre in London on 4 March 1884, and published by Samuel French in the same year.

The Australian premiere of the play was presented at the Theatre Royal in Sydney on 7 February 1885.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1884-5: Performed by the Henry Harper Company in the new Theatre Royal, Cape Town, as part of Henry Harper's first season as lessee and manager of the venue.

1886: Performed by Madame Pearmain and her company as part of a short season of eleven plays put in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, from 22 November onwards.


Facsimile version of the 1884 text, Hathi Trust Digital Library[1]

Plimpton Collection of Dramas (1675-1920 - the bulk 1850-1900), Amherst College, Archives and Special Collections[2]

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 1923. (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.325

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