Queen's Evidence

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Queen's Evidence is a play by George Conquest (1837-1901)[1] and Henry Pettitt (1843-1898)[2].

(Not to be confused with the 1919 British silent adventure film called Queen's Evidence[3], which was based on the play Adam and Eve by C.E. Munro and Louisa Parr.)

The original text

First performed at the Grecian Theatre, London, in 1876 and in Australia on 15 February 1879 at the Theatre Royal in Melbourne.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1882-3: Performed by the Mabel Hayes Company in the old Theatre Royal in Burg Street, Cape Town, as part of a season as lessee and manager of the venue.

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.




Kirsten E. Shepherd-Barr. 2015. Theatre and Evolution from Ibsen to Beckett. Columbia University Press: p.95[4]


Allardyce Nicoll. 1975. A History of English Drama 1660-1900: Late 19th Century Drama 1850-1900 Cambridge University Press: p.415[5]

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.376, 380

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