Elizabeth, or The Invisible Armada
Some sources give the name of the play as either E---LIZabeth, or The Don, The Duck, The Drake and The Invisible Armada or E-liz-abeth, or The Don, The Duck, The Drake and The Invisible Armada
The original text
According to the author, it was inspired by Sheridan's satiric account of "Puff's tragedy of The Spanish Armada" in The Critic (1779), some scenes from Tom Taylor's 'Twixt Axe and Crown (1870), and one scene vaguely referred to as from either an Italian play Elizabetta, or something called The Grande Duchess, but is "otherwise entirely original".
Burnand's play was first performed at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, on 17 November, 1870 and published in London by Tinsley Brothers in the same year.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
Allardyce Nicoll. 2009. History of English Drama, 1660-1900, Volume 5, Part 2. Camdridge University Press, p. 289
John Scotney. 1988. Puff's "Spanish Armada": A Producer's Viewpoint. RSA Journal Vol. 136, No. 5386 (September 1988), pp. 745-748
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