The original text
A play dealing in semi-symbolic fashion with the hereafter and the burden of personal guilt and offers a presentation of the world after death as a ship carrying souls from the country of the living to heaven's custom-house. As he could not find a producer to take on this unusual combination of fantasy and drama, Vane mounted his own production, which turned out an immense success. It was the hit of the 1923 London season and did equally well at the Ritz Theatre on Broadway in 1924 and in Paris at the Comedie des Champs-Elysees in 1926.
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Performance history in South Africa
1946: Presented by the Rondebosch Parish Dramatic Society in the Parish Hall, Rondebosch, in June. Produced by Sybil Langford with Gordon Bridger, Charles Scott, Gerald Abernethy, Nan Hobson, David Lytton, Granville West, Molly Hughes, Florence Watkins.
South African Opinion, 3(5):23, Trek 10(25):18, 1946.
World Drama by Allardyce Nicoll, 1949.
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