A Faint Heart which Did Win a Fair Lady
Also found as Faint Heart Did Win Fair Lady.
The original text
The play was first performed at the Royal Strand Theatre, London on 9 February, 1863. Published in London by Thomas Hailes Lacy in the same year as Volume 57 of Lacy's acting edition. The title is a surely a reference (and the play even a response) to Planché's 1837 comedy, Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady, which may thus have indirectly inspired Wooler's play.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1866: Performed by the Le Roy and Duret Company in the Harrington Street Theatre, on 15 October, with Pizarro (Von Kotzebue/Sheridan), A Ticket of Leave (Phillips) and a dance called "La Cachuca" by Mrs Brazier and Mrs Luin. The evening was a "Farewell Complimentary Testimonial" for Madame Duret. However, the play was rather tentatively listed by F.C.L. Bosman as Faint Heart (Which) Did Win (a) Fair Lady (and ascribed to J.P. Wooler), apparently unsure of the actual version used.
1867: Performed (as Faint Heart Did Win Fair Lady) by the Le Roy-Duret Company (now led by Madame Duret on her own) in the Theatre Royal, on 24 June, with Governor von Brute, or Things as They Might Have Been (Utting/Mollan). The evening was a benefit for B. Mollan
Allardyce Nicoll. 1975. A History of English Drama 1660-1900: Late 19th Century Drama 1850-1900 Cambridge University Press: p.632
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