Liberty Hall

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The title Liberty Hall can refer to two plays performed in South Africa:

Liberty Hall by Charles Dibden (1785)

This is a shortened title sometimes used for Liberty-Hall, or A Test of Good Fellowship, a comic opera in two acts by Charles Dibdin (first performed 1785). Also found as Liberty-Hall.

For more on this play, see the entry on Liberty-Hall, or A Test of Good Fellowship

Liberty Hall by R. C. Carton (1905)

Liberty Hall is a comedy drama in four acts by Richard Claude Carton (1856-1928)[]

The original text

The play premiered at the St.James's Theatre, London, on 3 December 1892 and at the Empire Theatre, New York, on 21 August, 1893. Published in New York by Samuel French in 1900

Translations and adaptations

In 1914 the play filmed by Harold M. Shaw as Liberty Hall.

Performance history in South Africa

1916: Performed Liberty Hall at the Standard Theatre, Johannesburg, featuring Florence Creagh


Facsimile version of Carton's text (1900), The Internet Archive[1]

Footnote to William Archer's review of The Second Mrs Tanqueray, as reproduced J.P. Wearing's edited of The Second Mrs Tanqueray by Arthur Wing Pinero (Broadview Press, 2007): p.180[2]

Rand Daily Mail (various issues)

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.401

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