The Mother-in-Law

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The Mother-in-Law is the title given by D.C. Boonzaier (1923) for an anonymous play performed in Cape Town in 1894.

The original text

Though Bosman (1980) suggests this may be (a dramatised version of) a satirical work by George R. Sims (1847-1922)[], called Memoirs of a Mother-in-Law (London, George Newnes, 1892), it may also be a reference to How to Tame Your Mother-in-Law, a one-act farce Henry James Byron (1835-1884)[] (originally produced at the Strand Theatre, London, May 30th, 1864).

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1894: The Mother-in-Law performed in the Opera House, Cape Town, by the visiting Emilie Bevan Comedy Company as part of their second season.


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: pp.394-5

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