A Rough Diamond is a comic drama in one act by John Baldwin Buckstone (1802-1879)
Performed and published as The Rough Diamond in America.
The original text
Apparently first performed as The Rough Diamond at Niblo's Theatre in 1841 and the Broadway Theatre in 1850. First performed as A Rough Diamond at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, London, on 8 November 1847 and at the Haymarket in the same year. Published as A Rough Diamond by T.H. Lacy in 1847 and as The Rough Diamond by Dick and Fitzgerald (1841?) and Samuel French as No XLI of French's Minor Drama in 1850.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1861: Performed as The Rough Diamond by Sefton Parry and his company in the Theatre Royal on 1 July, with The Bonnie Fishwife (Selby) and Ici on Parle Français (Williams)
1867: Performed as A Rough Diamond by the Le Roy and Duret company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town on 16 December, as part of a "Grand Shakespearian Night", as afterpiece to Othello and a "Pas Seul" by Miss Clara.
1868: Scenes from the play were performed as part of a "Musical and Dramatic Entertainment" by the Le Roy and Duret company in the Commercial Exchange, Cape Town on 27 January. The evening was under the patronage Governor Wodehouse, and the programme also included songs, dances, and scenes read and performed from The Lady of Lyons (Bulwer-Lytton), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare), King John (Shakespeare) and The Hunchback (Knowles) .
1871: Performed as The Rough Diamond by the visiting Bijou Troupe in the Cape Town Institute building on 20 March, with The Swiss Cottage (Bayly).
1873: Performed in the Mutual Hall, Cape Town, by Disney Roebuck and his company on 3 December, with Still Waters Run Deep (Buckstone).
1873: Performed in the Mutual Hall, Cape Town, by Disney Roebuck and company on 5 December, with David Garrick (Robertson).
1873: Performed by Disney Roebuck and company in the Mutual Hall, Cape Town, on 30 December, with Meg's Diversion (Craven).
1875: Performed by Disney Roebuck and his company in the Bijou Theatre, Cape Town, on 4 June, with East Lynne (Wood).
1876: Performed in the Athenaeum Theatre, Cape Town, by Disney Roebuck's company on 23 June, with Black-Eyed Susan (Jerrold).
Facsimile version of the Samuel French text of A Rough Diamond (nd), The Digital Archive
Facsimile version of the Samuel French text of The Rough Diamond (1850), The Digital Archive
F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp 253-4.
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