Andy Blake, or The Irish Diamond
Sometimes found simply as Andy Blake.
The original text
Said to have been founded either on the novel Le Gamin de Paris, ou L'enfant de Geneviève by Mme Fanny Richomme ... Paris " or on the dramatized version by Jean-François Alfred Bayard (1796-1853)and Louis-Émile Vanderburch (1794-1862), first performed 30 January 1836 at the Theatré de la Gymnase-Dramatique, Paris, as Le Gamin de Paris, a "comédie-vaudeville in 2 acts. The text published by Marchant in 1836.
Boucicault drew the plot from one or both of these works, but then turned the material into a virtually original Irish play.
First performed in the USA as Andy Blake, or The Irish Diamond on March 1,1854, at the Boston Museum, with Agnes Robinson in the leading role of the boy. Published as Andy Blake, or The Irish Diamond in New York by Samuel French, 1858. (No 110 of French's Minor Drama) and in London by John Dicks, [ca. 1860?] Dicks' standard plays ; no. 556
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
Facsimile version of the original French novel, Gallica
Facsimile version of the original French play, Gallica
Facsimile version of the 1857 edition of the English play, Internet Archive
Robert Hogan. 1969. Dion Boucicault. New York: Twayne Publishers: pp 81-82
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