Also found as True Hearts Are More Than Coronets.
The original text
Based on Robertson's own short story, "The Poor Rate Unfolds a Tale" (1866), the play was first performed on 6 April 1867 at the Prince of Wales' Theatre, London. The text published, with Robertson's Society, by D. C. Heath & Co., in 1905.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1874: Performed in the Mutual Hall, Cape Town, on 16 and 17 February by Disney Roebuck and his company, with The Lottery Ticket (Beazley). The cast featured Roebuck himself, and included company members Fanny Enson, E. Palmer, John Brougham, and Bessie Cranston, as well as two local amateurs - one being Seymour Dallas.
1874: Performed under the protection of the Free Masons in the Mutual Hall, Cape Town, on 6 March by Disney Roebuck and his company, presented, with The Area Belle (Brough and Halliday), as a benefit for Roebuck.
1875: Performed in the Bijou Theatre, Cape Town, on 29 September by Disney Roebuck and his company in the Bijou Theatre, Cape Town, with The Steeple Chase (Morton), a "Jockey Dance" performed by Maggie Duggan and the burlesque version of La Somnambula (Moncrieff).
May 9, 1895: This famous burlesque comedy was performed by the Uitenhage Amateur Dramatic Society in the Uitenhage Town Hall starring Mrs J G Fleming as Polly Eccles, Mrs S C Bell as Esther, Mrs R G Lamb as the Marquise de St Maur, Mr W C Thompson as Eccles, Mr H Chase as Captain Hawtree, Mr Desmond as Sam Gerridge, Mr W Catton as Dixon and Fred Jones as George D'Alroy. Produced by W C Thompson. The orchestra was led by Mr Stuart.
May 18, 1895: A repeat of this prouction by the Uitenhage Amateur Dramatic Society was performed at the Port Elizabeth Opera House starring Mrs J G Fleming as Polly Eccles, Mrs S C Bell as Esther, Mrs R G Lamb as the Marquise de St Maur, Mr W C Thompson as Eccles, Mr H Chase as Captain Hawtree, Mr Desmond as Sam Gerridge, Mr W Catton as Dixon and Fred Jones as George D'Alroy. Produced by W C Thompson. The orchestra was led by Signor Tardugno.
1910: Performed on a national tour and in Cape Town by the De Jong-Black Company
1968: Performed under the title True Hearts Are More Than Coronets by the Neill-Firth Company, directed by Angus Neill, with Ivor van Rensburg, Angus Neill, Arthur Hall, Shirley Firth, Elaine Lee, Adrian Egan, Alexander Harding and Lorna Cowell. It opened in the Intimate Theatre, Johannesburg, on 16 October.
Eastern Province Herald, May 13, 1895.
Eastern Province Herald, May 20, 1895.
Teater SA, 1(2), 1968.
Percy Tucker. 1997. Just the Ticket. My 50 Years in Show Business. Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press: 242.
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