The Masqueraders

Jump to navigation Jump to search

"The Masqueraders" can refer to a play or to a company.

The Masqueraders - The play

A play in four acts by Henry Arthur Jones (1851-1929)[1].

The original text

First performed by George Alexander at the St James' Theatre, London, on 28 April, 1894 and printed privately in London by Chiswick Press in the same year.

The text published in The Plays of Henry Arthur Jones by Samuel French, London/New York, 1909.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1895: Performed by Edward Sass and his Gaiety Company in the Cape Town Opera House, under the auspices of the Wheeler Brothers, as part of a season of plays that opened on 1 June till late July.

The Masqueraders - The company

The Masqueraders was a small musical ensemble (active circa 1918-1921), that at one time appeared at the Standard Theatre in Johannesburg for some weeks and then toured the country. Members over the years included Billy Matthews and Bertie Solomon.


Facsimile version of the 1894 private edition of the play, Google E-book[2]

Facsimile version of the 1909 Samuel French edition of the play, The Hathi Trust Digital Library[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.401

André I. le Roux and Lilla Fourie. 1982. Filmverlede: geskiedenis van die Suid-Afrikaanse speelfilm

Malcolm Woolfson. 1992. But the melody lingers on... The inside Story of the Johannesburg Operatic and Dramatic Society - Its Shows, Personalities, Triumphs, and Tribulations, Perskor.

Go to ESAT Bibliography

Return to

Return to PLAYS I: Original SA plays

Return to PLAYS II: Foreign plays

Return to PLAYS III: Collections

Return to PLAYS IV: Pageants and public performances

Return to South African Festivals and Competitions

Return to South African Venues, Companies, Societies, etc

Return to The ESAT Entries

Return to Main Page