The Passport is a comedy by Benjamin Charles Stephenson (1839-1906) and William Yardley (1849-1900).
The original text
Written in 1894, it was first performed at The Globe on 15 October, 1894 and at Terry's Theatre, London, on 25 April, 1895. Performed in New York at the Bijou Theatre (May 13, 1895 - May 1895). Published by Samuel French, 1906
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1895: Performed by Luscombe Searelle and his company, in the Opera House, Cape Town, opening on 27 July. The cast included Miss Fortescue and Herbert Flemming.
1903: Performed by the Edward Terry Company in the Good Hope Theatre, Cape Town, on 6 April, along with Kerry (Girardin and Gérard/Boucicault).
J.P. Wearing. 2013. The London Stage 1890-1899: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel. (Second, revised edition, p.11). Scarecrow Press, Google E-book
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.402, 414
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