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X.Y.Z. is a comedy in two acts by George Colman the Younger (1762 – 1836)[1].

The original text

The play was first produced on 11 December 1810 at the Theatre Royal Covent Garden. According to Martin Wood (on the "George Colman the Younger" website[2]) there were apparently two performances before the production was halted by lawsuit.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Afrikaans as Op die Weegskaal ("On the Scale").

Performance history in South Africa

1825: Performed in Cape Town by the Garrison Players on 27 August, 1825, as afterpiece to Charles the Second, or The Merry Monarch (Payne).

1825: Performed in Cape Town by the Garrison Players on 5 November, 1825, as afterpiece to The Review, or The Wags of Windsor (Colman Jr), as a benefit for J. Corbishley and Mrs Black.

1930s: Produced in Afrikaans, initially under the title by Op die Weegskaal ("On the Scale "), and later possibly under its original title, by the René de la Harpe Geselskap ("the René de la Harpe Company").




F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [3]: pp. 187-8,

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