Persons Unknown (play)

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.

Persons Unknown
Written byEdgar Wallace
Date premiered28 September, 1929
Original languageEnglish

Its original run lasted for twelve performances at the Regent Theatre in London. The original cast included Bernard Lee.[2]


  1. Kabatchnik p.172
  2. Wearing p.701


  • 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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