The Sign of the Cross
The Sign of the Cross is a play by Wilson Barrett.
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Performance history in South Africa
1898: First performed in South Africa on 23 June by W.J. Holloway and his company, playing in Cape Town for 4 weeks.
1901: According to D.C. Boonzaier (1923), The Holloway Theatre Company performed Quo Vadis in Cape Town, but since Boonzaier says that "(o)nly the vaguest recollection remains with me of Mr Holloway's Quo Vadis", it is quite probably that the play performed in this case was in fact The Sign of the Cross. Interestingly, F.C.L. Bosman (1980) adds an intriguing note to this when he ascribes the play to "S. Strange", but then adds "Adapted from H. Sienkiewicz's novel by W. Barrett" in a footnote on p 408 of his history.
1902: Performed by Wilson Barrett and his company at the Good Hope Theatre, Cape Town, under the management of the Wheeler Brothers as part of a short season that also included The Silver King (Jones and Herman) and The Manxman (Caine). The cast of the play included Wilson Barrett and Ambrose Manning.
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