The Third Degree

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Two stage plays by this name have been done in South Africa.

The Third Degree by Charles Klein (1867-1915)[1]

In London it was entitled Find the Woman.

The original text

First performed in 1908, it was a huge success.

Filmed as a 1926 silent romance film produced and distributed by Warner Bros. and directed by Michael Curtiz.

South African performances

1914: First performed in South Africa by the J.C. Williamson Theatre Company , which included Madge Fabian, Stephen Ewart, George R. Montford, and others.


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The Third Degree by Don Maclennan (1929-2009)

The original text

A full-length play, first performed in 1967 and published in 1971 by Balkema in one volume with The Coat by Athol Fugard.

The play is one of a series that have come into existence through the activities of a small group of Rhodes University staff and students, the others in the series including A Place of Safety, H.E.L.P., The Great Wall of China and Focus.


1967: First performance was by the Rhodes University Players, directed by Athol Fugard.


A scrap album dated 1966-1967 held by NELM: [Collection: Rhodes University. Drama Department]: 2006. 6. 2. 5.

Sydney Paul Gosher. 1988. A historical and critical survey of the South African one-act play written in English. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. Pretoria: University of South Africa.

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