Dan'l Druce, Blacksmith is a play in three acts by W.S. Gilbert (1836-1911)
Called "A Three-Act Drama of Puritan times", it was in part inspired by George Eliot's novel Silas Marner. The play was first performed to great success at the Haymarket Theatre, London, going on to run for about 100 performances and undertaking tours. It was revived a number of times.
Performance history in South Africa
1877: Performed by the Disney Roebuck company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town on 25 July, with Mr. and Mrs. White (Raymond).
1877: Performed by the Disney Roebuck company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town on 1 August, with Black Ey'd Susan (Jerrold).
1877: Performed by the Disney Roebuck company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town on 21 August, with Born to Good Luck, or the Irishman's Fortune (Moultrie).
F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 358-9
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