The Momentous Question
Also found as The Momentous Question, or Woman's Devotion
The original text
Based on a story from George Crabbe's Tales of the Hall (1820), the play was first performed as The Momentous Question in the Lyceum Theatre, London , in 1844 and later in the Federal Street Theatre in Boston in 1847.
Published in Boston by W.V. Spencer, 1856.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1861: Performed as The Momentous Question by the Sefton Parry and his company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 14 November, with Dominique the Deserter, or The Gentleman in Black (Murray). The evening a Benefit for Mr Bland.
1866: Performed as The Momentous Question, or Woman's Devotion by the Le Roy-Duret Company in the Harrington Street Theatre, Cape Town, on 29th March, with Captain Charlotte, or Hearts and Trumps (Stirling).
The New Monthly Belle Assemblée, "A Magazine of Literature and Fashion"Volume 21, July-December, 1844: p. 60, Google E-Book.
Go to ESAT Bibliography
Return to PLAYS I: Original SA plays
Return to PLAYS II: Foreign plays
Return to PLAYS III: Collections
Return to South African Festivals and Competitions
Return to The ESAT Entries
Return to Main Page