The Idiot Witness, or A Tale of Blood

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The Idiot Witness, or A Tale of Blood is a melodrama in two acts by John Thomas Haines (c1799-1843)[1].

Also found as A Tale of Blood

The original text

First performed at the Royal Coburg Theatre, London, in 1823 and published by J. Duncombe in the same year.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1862: Performed as The Idiot Witness, or A Tale of Blood by Clara Tellett and her Company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 17 July, with a performance of the comic song "Bob Ridley" and the comedy A Glorious Case (Stocqueler).


The Victorian Plays Project, Electronic Catalogue - Volume 46[2]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.131

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