The Tree of Knowledge

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The Tree of Knowledge is a play by R.C. Carton (1853–1928)[1]

The original text

First produced at St. James's Theatre, on November 24, 1897 and Opened at the Lyceum Theatre, New York, on 4 January, 1898.

Translations and adaptations

In 1920 an American silent film by this name[2], based on the play, was produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures. Directed by William C. deMille, it starred Robert Warwick.

Performance history in South Africa

1898: Performed on in South Africa as The Tree of Knowledge by a company under the management of the Wheeler Brothers, as part of a repertoire that also included A Marriage of Convenience (Dumas/Grundy), Secret Service (Gilette) and My Friend, The Prince (McCarthy). The company included George Hippisley, Wilton Heriot, Jessie Bateman, Mabel Lane and Sallie Booth.


Online Books by R.C. Carton, The Online Books Page[3]

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.406

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