The Silent System

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The Silent System is a farce in one act by Thomas J. Williams (1824-1874)[1].

The original text

First performed in London at the Strand Theatre on 3 July 1862. Published by T.H. Lacy.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1868: Performed by the Le Roy-Duret Company on 13 January in the Harrington Street Theatre, Cape Town, by the newly assembled Le Roy and Duret company (with actors recruited in London by Le Roy the previous year), with The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare) and a dance by Miss Clara.

1868: Performed by the Le Roy-Duret Company on 16 January with Hamlet (Shakespeare)and a dance by Miss Clara]]. It was to be the last production put on in the Harrington Street Theatre (or first Theatre Royal), before it burned down on **.

1870: Performed as The Silent System in the Institute Assembly Hall, Cape Town, by The Young Men's Institute and Club Dramatic Company on 24 May, with Living Too Fast (Troughton).


Thomas J. Williams publications, The Online Books Page[2].

The Victorian Plays Project, Electronic Catalogue - Volume 56[3]]

Allardyce Nicoll. , 2009. History of English Drama, 1660-1900, Volume 5, Part 2. Cambridge University Press[4]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 232, 275

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