The Jew and the Doctor

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The Jew and the Doctor is a farce in two acts by Thomas John Dibdin (1771 – 1841)[1]

The original text

It had been written sometime in 1796-97, but - except for a benefit performance for Dibdin himself in the Maidstone Theatre - was not produced until in the winter of 1798-99 at Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, and later in the Theatre-Royal, Dublin, and the Boston Theatre.

Published in London in 1800 and again in 1807.

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Performance history in South Africa

1812: Performed in Cape Town on 12 July by the Garrison Players) in the The African Theatre, with A Cure for the Heart Ache (Morton). Lt Prescott and Lt Hanson are listed as Directors for the evening.

1818: Performed by the Gentlemen Amateurs (Garrison Players) with the help of Mr Cooke and his company of ladies, in the African Theatre, Cape Town on 10 October, with The Battle of Hexham (Colman).

1826: Presented in Cape Town on 6 May by the English Theatricals in the African Theatre, as afterpiece to Lovers' Vows (Von Kotzebue/Inchbald).


F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [2]: pp. 143, 155, 200.

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