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Oroonoko is a tragedy by Thomas Southerne (1660–1746)[1]

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)[2], 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). .






F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [3]: pp. 224

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