The Prisoner at Large

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The Prisoner at Large is a comedy by John O'Keeffe (1747 – 1833)[1].

The original text

First performed at the Haymarket Theatre, London, on 2 July 1788. Published by G. G. J and J. Robinson,1788.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1802: Performed in the African Theatre, Cape Town by the Garrison Players on 31 March, with The Agreeable Surprise (O'Keeffe).

1822: Performed with The Rivals (Sheridan) on Monday 28 October by the Garrison Amateur Company, as a benefit performance for Mrs Smith, Mrs Delamore and Mrs Green.


"The prisoner at large", ebook version of the 1788 text, Great Writers Inspire, Univerity of Oxford[2]. Accessed on Tuesday, January 12, 2016

F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [3]: pp. 68, 182

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