The Freedom of Suzanne

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The Freedom of Suzanne is a light comedy by Cosmo Gordon-Lennox ()[].

The original text

Founded in part on Gyp's novel Autour du Divorce (1886), and was written as a vehicle for the author's wife, Marie Tempest.

First produced at the Criterion Theatre in London, opening on 15th November 1904, it had 177 performances, playing till 5 April, 1904. Produced at the Empire Theatre on Broadway by Charles Frohman, it opened on 19 April and had 26 performances.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1906: Performed under the auspices of the Wheeler Brothers in the Opera House, Cape Town, during the second half of the year, as part of a season of plays put on by a company that included such outstanding performers as Herbert Greville, Marie Housley, Wilfred E. Payne and the six year old Sylvia Edney.


J.P. Wearing. 2013. The London Stage 1890-1899: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel. (Second, revised edition, p. 207). Scarecrow Press, Google E-book[1]

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.425-6

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