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Persons Unknown (play)

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Persons Unknown
Written byEdgar Wallace
Date premiered8 May 1929
Original languageEnglish

Persons Unknown is a 1929 mystery play by the British writer Edgar Wallace. The plot revolves around the murder of a "person unknown" in a street by a mysterious blackmailer.[1] It features the character of Sergeant Elk, a Scotland Yard detective who appeared in several of Wallace's novels.

Its original run lasted for 108 performances, from 8 May 1929[2] to 10 August 1929,[3] at London's Shaftesbury Theatre. The cast included Gordon Harker and Minnie Rayner.


  1. ^ Kabatchnik p.172
  2. ^ 'London Theatres: The Shaftesbury: Persons Unknown', The Stage, 16 May 1929, p.18
  3. ^ 'Chit Chat: Last Nights', The Stage, 8 August 1929, p.12


  • Kabatchnik, Amnon. Blood on the Stage, 1975-2000: Milestone Plays of Crime, Mystery, and Detection : an Annotated Repertoire. Rowman & Littlefield, 2012.
  • Wearing, J. P. The London Stage 1920-1929: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.

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