The Noble Lord

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The Noble Lord is a farcical comedy by Robert Marshall (1863-1910)[1]

The original text

A play about the complications that follow when a Baroness promises to marry a politician who succeeded in passing her bill on women's emancipation. First performed (to lukewarm critical reception) at The Criterion Theatre, London, on 18 October, 1900, playing till 22 January, 1901.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1901: Performed by Edward Sass and his company in the Opera House, Cape Town, in October, directed by Sass, probably presented under the auspices of Ben and Frank Wheeler.


J.P. Wearing. 2013. The London Stage 1900-1909: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel Scarecrow Press: p. 32, Google E-book[2]

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.410

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