The Plagued Professor

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The Plagued Professor is an interlude written by Cresswell Esq. (i.e. A.W. Cole).

The original text

Described as "An Original Interlude expressly written for this occasion" with "characters by members of the Royal Alfred Club" in Cape Town.

P.W. Laidler (1926, p.105) ascribes the play to either Mr St George or to Mr Chester, but F.C.L. Bosman (1980, p.157) argues for Cole on the basis of an article in the Cape Argus of 16 February, 1861, which refers to the author as "the author of Idylls of a Prince", i.e. A.W. Cole Q.C.

The text was ever published it seems.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1861: Performed as The Plagued Professor on 18 February in the Cabinet Theatre, Cape Town, by the Cape Town Dramatic Club with The Unfinished Gentleman (Selby) and Duchess or Nothing (Gordon).


P.W. Laidler. 1926. The Annals of the Cape Stage. Edinburgh: William Bryce: p. 105.

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 154, 157

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