The Man of Forty

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The Man of Forty is a play in four acts by Walter Frith (1856-1941)[1]

The original text

First performed at the Theatre Royal, Manchester, on 27 October, 18989, and the revised version by George Alexander at the 28 March - 6 July 1900 at the St James Theatre, London, the latter then produced in the USA by Daniel Frohman at Daly's Theatre, New York, playing from 26 November to 20 December, 1900.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1901: According to D.C. Boonzaier's reminiscences (1923), The Man of Forty was performed by the Sass and Nelson Company in the Opera House, Cape Town, as part of a season of plays that commenced on 11 May.


J.P. Wearing. 2013. The London Stage 1900-1909: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel. (Second, revised edition, p. 11). Scarecrow Press, Google E-book[2]

Lucie Sutherland. 2020. George Alexander and the Work of the Actor-Manager. Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History. Springer Nature [3]

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.409

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