The Rocket

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The Rocket is a comedy in three acts by Arthur Wing Pinero (1855-1934)[1]

The original text

First performed at the Prince of Wales, Liverpool on 30 July 1883 and at the Gaiety Theatre, London, on 10 December 1883, with Edward Terry as "The Chevalier Walkinshaw".

The only text available on the internet appears to be the version, published in London & New York, by Samuel French ltd.(c.1905)

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1903: Performed by the Edward Terry and his company on his tour of South Africa, appearing in the Good Hope Theatre, Cape Town, in January.


Facsimile version of the 1905 text, Hathi Trust Digital Library[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.413

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