The Middleman

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The Middleman is a play in four acts by Henry Arthur Jones (1851-1929)[1]

The original text

Written and first performed on 27 August 1889 at the Shaftsbury Theatre, London, with E.S. Willard as "Cyrus Blenkarn". The first US production was at Palmer's Theatre, New York on 10 November, 1890 - also featuring Willard.

The play was a popular performance piece, but was only published by Samuel French in 1907, dedicated to Willard.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1909: Produced by Leonard Rayne and his company, featuring Edward Vincent as "Cyrus Blenkarn". It was part of their repertoire of four plays, opening at the Standard Theatre, Johannesburg, and then touring the various cities, including a performances at the Opera House, Cape Town, in October.


Facsimile version of the original 1907 published text, the Internet Archive[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.431

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