What Happened to Jones
Also found as What Happened to Jones?.
The original text
After warmup performances in New Haven, Connecticut, it opened at the Manhattan Theatre on Broadway on August 30, 1897. In London the play opened at The Strand on 9 April, 1898 (playing for 383 performances). Charles Arnold starred in this production, and then took it on international tours of the colonies, including to Australia (1900 and 1902) and South Africa (1899-1900), playing it as a double bill with An Empty Stocking (Wright).
Translations and adaptations
Three silent film versions were made of the play, directed by Fred Mace in 1915, directed by James Cruze in 1920 and directed by William A. Seiter in 1926 (the poster in this case lists it as as What Happened to Jones?).
Performance history in South Africa
1899: Performed in the Theatre Royal, Durban, on 19 December by a visiting company led by Charles Arnold (referred to as Charles Arnold's English Comedy Company in some sources), as a double bill with An Empty Stocking (Wright).
1900: Performed by Charles Arnold's English Comedy Company in the Opera House Cape Town on 20 January. According to D.C. Boonzaier (1923), the production included five of the original performers from the London premiere. The full cast consisted of Charles Arnold (as "Jones"), Frederick B. Sharp (as "Ebenezer Goodby"), Frank H. Denton (as "Richard Heatherley"), E.W. Thomas (as "Thomas Holder"), Fred. W. Leonard (as "William Bigbee"), Hugh Ardale (as "Henry Fuller"), Agness Nights (as "Mrs Goodby"), Dot Frederic (as "Cissy"), Eugene Magnus (as "Marjorie"), Beatrice Mervyn (as "Minerva"), Sallie Booth (as "Alvina Starlight") and Ada Lee (as "Helma").
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