Stage Struck

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There have been two plays known by this name:

Stage Struck by William Dimond

According to Bernth Lindfors (2011: p.199[1]), this should not be confused with Stage Struck, or The Loves of Augustus Portarlington and Celectina Beverley, 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.

The original text

This is a farce in one act by William Dimond (fl. 1800-1830)[], first performed English Opera House on 12 November, 1835, but never published.

. Adapted from "Love in the East" it was

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1875: Performed by Disney Roebuck and his company in the Bijou Theatre, Cape Town, on 7 May, with with Frou-Frou, or Fashion and Folly (Webster).


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: pp.203-205

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Stage Struck by Simon Gray (1979)

This is a macabre comedy thriller by British playwright Simon Gray [2] (1936-2008). Casting 3m, 1f.

The original text

First performed in 1979 at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, starring Alan Bates.

Published by Samuel French ISBN: 9780573114144.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

Toerien-Firth Company presented the play directed by Stephen Hollis (who had directed the West End production in 1979) and starring Michael McGovern and Kenneth Baker in July 1980.


Tucker, 1997. 387.

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