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School is a comedy in three acts by T.W. (Tom) Robertson (1829-1871)[1]

The original text

The play was partly suggested by the German piece Aschenbrödel ("Cinderella", 1867) by Roderich Benedix (1811–1873) [2]

The English text first performed at the Prince of Wales's Theatre, London, in 1869.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1885: Performed in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, by a company brought together by H.C. Sidney and H.J. Fiedler, as part of their repertoire for that year.

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.


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 1932. (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: p.383

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