Taken from Life

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Taken from Life is a play in five acts by Henry Pettitt (1848-1893)[1]

The original text

First performed in 31 December, 1881, at the Adelphi Theatre, London.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1882-3: Performed in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, by the Mabel Hayes Company as part of a season of opera and drama that opened with a Christmas pantomime (Cinderella) in 1882 and lasting till July 1883.


Catalogue of Copyright Entries, Volume 10, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1913. [2]



Pettitt, Henry (1848-1893): Actor, dramatist, The Adelphi Theatre Calendar[3]]

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: p.375

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