The Snake in the Grass
The original text
Probably written in 1867 by the local Cape Town author, I.R. Taylor (fl. mid 1800s) and suggested to have been an original work, the play may have been inspired by (or based on) The Snake in the Grass , a serial novel by Pierce Egan the Younger (1814-1880) , published in The London Journal , 8 May 1858 - 27 Nov. 1858, No. 720.
The play was first performed, under the patronage of Governor Wodehouse, by the Le Roy and Duret Company as part of their repertoire during their 1867-1868 season in Cape Town.
Originally advertised with the subtitle Clouds in Holland and Sunshine in Africa, "a Dutch story of Van Riebeeck's time", it was eventually billed as The Snake in the Grass, "A Tale of Holland and the Cape".
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Performance history in South Africa
1867: First performed, under the patronage of Governor Wodehouse, by the Le Roy and Duret company in the Theatre Royal, Harrington Street, Cape Town, on 5 December, with The Lottery Ticket (Beazley) and a dance by Miss Clara.
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