According to Allardyce Nicoll (1975), there have been many plays known by the title Stage Struck (or Stage-Struck), including a number by anonymous authors - e.g. The Stage-Struck Lady (1819),The Stage-Struck Apothecary (1827), Stage-Struck (1837), The Stage-Struck Yankee (1845),
Of current relevance here are two plays ascribed to William Dimond - Stage Struck, (Dimond, 1835), and Stage Struck, or The Loves of Augustus Portarlington and Celectina Beverley (Cobb/Dimond, 1853), and one by Simon Gray (Stage Struck, 1979)
Stage Struck by William Dimond (1835)
This is a farce by William Dimond (1781–1837?), first performed English Opera House on 12 November, 1835, featuring Ira Aldridge as "Jeronimo Othello Thespis" - a role clearly written for him. It was later revived at Madame Vestris's Royal Olympic Theatre, then went on tour - now named Theatre Mad, or The African Roscius. The text was never published.
According to Bernth Lindfors (2011: p.199), this should not be confused with the Cobb/Dimond play Stage Struck, or The Loves of Augustus Portarlington and Celectina Beverley, they are two different works.
Stage Struck, or The Loves of Augustus Portarlington and Celectina Beverley (Cobb/Dimond, 1853)
This is farce in one act adapted from Love in the East, or Adventures of Twelve Hours (1788) by James Cobb (1756-1818) The Dimond version was first performed Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1853.
, also by William Dimond (a farce in one act adapted from Love in the East, or Adventures of Twelve Hours (1788) by James Cobb (1756-1818) The Dimond version was first performed Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1853.
Stage Struck by Simon Gray (1979)
This is a macabre comedy thriller by British playwright Simon Gray  (1936-2008). First performed in 1979 at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, starring Alan Bates. Published by Samuel French ISBN: 9780573114144.
Performance history in South Africa
1875: A play called Stage Struck (ascribed to Dimond) was performed by Disney Roebuck and his company in the Bijou Theatre, Cape Town, on 7 May, with Frou-Frou, or Fashion and Folly (Webster). Given the fact that only the second text was published, this is most likely to have been the 1853 one act adaptation of Cobb's play.
Allardyce Nicoll. 1975. A History of English Drama 1660-1900: Late 19th Century Drama 1850-1900 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Bernth Lindfors. 2011. Ira Aldridge: The Vagabond Years, 1833-1852 University of Rochester Press:P. 60
Tucker, 1997. 387.
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