Dark Days

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Dark Days is a drama by Hugh Conway (pen name of Frederick John Fargus; 1847-1885)[1] and J.Comyns Carr (1849-1916)[2]

The original text

Based on Hugh Conway's novel of the same name, (first published in Arrowsmith's Christmas Annual of 1884), dramatized by Conway and Carr.

The dramatized version was performed at the Haymarket Theatre, London, on 26 September 1885. The text does not seem to have been published.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1885: Performed as Dark Days in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, produced by Mr H.C. Sidney and partner Mr H.J. Fiedler during the course of the year.


Facsimile version of the 1884 edition of the novel, The Internet Archive [3]

Allardyce Nicoll. 1975. A History of English Drama 1660-1900: Late 19th Century Drama 1850-1900 Cambridge University Press[4]

D.C. Boonzaier. 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1923. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.381.

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