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