The Paper Chase

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The Paper Chase is a farcical comedy in three acts by Charles Thomas (fl 1880s)

Not to be confused with The Paper Chase, a stage adaptation by Joseph Robinette of the 1971 novel by John Jay Osborn, Jr.

The original text

First performed at Toole's Theatre, London, on 9 July, 1888, with Lionel Brough as "James Busby" and published by Samuel French

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1889: Presented by Luscombe Searelle and his company in the Exhibition Theatre, Cape Town, opening on 26 August, with the visiting comedian Lionel Brough again playing "James Busby". The production was poorly attended, as were most of that season by Searelle in the unsuitable Exhibition Theatre.


Facsimile version of the Samuel French text, Tufts Digital Library[1]

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.387-8

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