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Proof has been used as the title of two plays:

Proof by F.C. Burnand (1878)

Also known as Proof, or A Celebrated Case, it is an English version of Une Cause Célèbre (d'Ennery and Cormon), which opened at the Théâtre de l'Ambigu-Comique in Paris on 4 December 1877. The English play was first produced in English at the Adelphi Theatre, London, in 1878 and published by Samuel French probably in that same year.

For more on the play and performances, see the entry on Une Cause Célèbre

Performance history in South Africa

1884-5: Performed as Proof 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.


Online Books by F. C. Burnand, The Online Books Page[1]

Facimile version of the Samuel French edition of 1878, HathiTrust Digital Library[2]

Cecil Howard. 1894. "Proof;or A celebrated case" a review in The Theatre : a monthly review of the drama, music and the fine arts, January 1880-June 1894; London Vol. 14, (Sep 1889): 158-160.[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 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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Proof by David Auburn (2000)

The original text

Written by the American playwright David Auburn (1969- )[4], premiered Off-Broadway in May 2000, and transferred to Broadway in October 2000. It won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

2001: First staged in South Africa in the Theatre on the Bay, Cape Town in June and in July in the Montecasino Theatre, Johannesburg, directed by Michael Atkinson, with Bianca Amato (Catherine), Atkinson (Robert), Debbie Brown (Claire) and Daniel Browde (Hal). At the NAF 5-7 July.

2016: Performed August 24 to 28 by the Port Elizabeth Musical and Dramatic Society (Pemads) in their Little Theatre, directed by Jamie-Lee Reynolds, with Amy Claire Huntly, Tim Collier, Erin-Ashleigh Palmer and Mark Farrow.


"Proof", Wikipedia [5]

The Citizen, 31 July 2001.

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