According to Allardyce Nicoll (1975), there have been many plays known by the title Stage Struck (also written Stage-Struck), including a number by anonymous authors - e.g. The Stage-Struck Lady (1819),The Stage-Struck Apothecary (1827), Stage-Struck (1837 - by Dimond?), The Stage-Struck Yankee (1845), etc.
Of current relevance here are two plays ascribed to William Dimond - Stage Struck, (Dimond, 1835), and Stage struck, or, The love of Augustus Portarlington and Celestina Beverley (a farce in one act) (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 Love of Augustus Portarlington and Celestina Beverly (Cobb/Dimond, 1853)
The Dimond version of Cobb's work was first performed Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1853 and published by Thomas Hailes Lacy (n.d.).
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 of all these plays in South Africa
1861: The Cobb/Dimond play (said to have been "adapted" by Dimond) was performed by Sefton Parry and his company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 6 June, with The Hunchback (Knowles). (Bosman, 1980, pp. 97 and 529, gives the title incorrectly as Stage Struck, or The Loves of Augustus Portarlington and Celestina Beverley)
1862: Performed as Stage-Struck (apparently Dimond's version of Cobb's play) by Sefton Parry and his company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 30 January, with The Honeymoon (Tobin), and a "Pas Seul" by Miss Powell.
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, as an afterpiece to Frou-Frou, or Fashion and Folly (Webster). Given the fact that this is a one-act version and that only the second text was published, this is most likely to have been the 1853 one act adaptation of Cobb's play.
1878: A piece referred to as Stage Struck (described as a "comedietta") was performed by Disney Roebuck and his company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 6 and 7 May, featuring The Paultons . Also played was Robinson Crusoe. (Bosman seemingly ascribes Stage Struck to Stanley Rogers (fl 1890s), but this is probably wrong, as Stanley Rogers was the author of a 1899 version of Robinson Crusoe - and that could hardly have been the one used here.)
1980: Simon Gray's play Stage Struck performed by the Toerien-Firth Company in July, directed by Stephen Hollis (who had directed the West End production in 1979) and starring Michael McGovern and Kenneth Baker.
Allardyce Nicoll. 1975. A History of English Drama 1660-1900: Late 19th Century Drama 1850-1900 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press:p.538.
Bernth Lindfors. 2011. Ira Aldridge: The Vagabond Years, 1833-1852 University of Rochester Press:P. 60
Tucker, 1997. 387.
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