The original text
Based on the novel Oroonoko by Aphra Behn (1640–1689), it was originally staged in 1695.
Translations and adaptations
According to articles on Ira Aldridge (1807–1867), Southerne's version was apparently adapted as The Revolt of Surinam, or A Slave's Revenge, the play in which Aldridge made his London debut (under the stage name "Keene") at London's Royal Coburg Theatre, on October 10, 1825.
Performance history in South Africa
1832: Though it is doubtful that it was the same play, the Aldridge version may have been the source of the title (The Slave, or The Revolt of Surinam, ) used for a Cape Town production of Morton's The Slave, performed in Cape Town by the All the World's a Stage in The Cape Theatre on 20 October, with Lovers' Quarrels, or Like Master Like Man (King). .
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