The Man in the Street

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The Man in the Street is a short play by Louis N. Parker (1852-1944)[1].

The original text

The play was specifically written for the young actor and comedian James Welch, and first performed at the Avenue Theatre in London in 1898, becoming a staple part of Welch's initial repertoire.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1903: Performed by the James Welch Company as part of a season of plays that also included The New Clown (Paull), Cousin Kate (Howard) and My Arful Valet (Mortimer).

1904: The James Welch Company returned to the Opera House, Cape Town at the beginning of the year for another short season with the four plays.


Philip Waller. 2008.Writers, Readers, and Reputations: Literary Life in Britain 1870-1918, Oxford University Press: p.258-9[2]

"Theatrical Gossip" in Sketch: A Journal of Art and Actuality (Volume 23, August 24, 1898)[3]

James Woodfield. 1984. English Theatre in Transition, 1881-1914, Rowman & Littlefield: p.47[4]

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, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 412-3, 417-8

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