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The Fires of Fate is a play in 4 acts by Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)[1]

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Subtitled "A Modern Morality Play", it is an adaptation of the Arthur Conan Doyle's own novel The Tragedy of the Korosko (1897). The stage adaptation was first performed at the Lyric Theatre, London, on 15 June 1909. It later transferred to the Haymarket Theatre (12 to 31 August 1909) and the Lyric Theatre (6 September to 9 October 1909). First performed in the USA at the Illinois Theatre, Chicago, 1909 and New York’s Liberty Theatre in December 1909.

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Performance history in South Africa

1910: Produced by Leonard Rayne and his company, as part of their repertoire of six plays, opening at the Standard Theatre, Johannesburg, and then touring the various cities, including a performances at the Opera House, Cape Town, in April.



Facsimile version of a typewritten Promptbook for The Fires of Fate, Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library Digital Collections[2]


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.433

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