Also found without the hyphens, as Forget Me Not
Not to be confused with a number of other plays with similar names, e.g. Forget Me Not by Tom Holloway, Forget-me-not Lane by Peter Nichols and Forget Me Not by the organization African Americans Against Alzheimer’s
The original text
Written in the style of a French drawing-room drama, the play opened at the Lyceum Theatre, London, on 21 August, 1879, produced and performed in by the American born actress Genevieve Ward (1837-1922). In many ways this particular play would truly launch Ward's illustrious career in Britain. She toured it widely over the years, appearing in several English-speaking countries, including South Africa.
Translations and adaptations
Adapted as a silent film drama by the World Film Company in 1917, directed by Emile Chautard and starring Kitty Gordon. The film has since been lost.
Performance history in South Africa
1891: Genevieve Ward and W.H. Vernon performed in this play as part of a season of 26 plays (1891-1892) with which they toured South Africa under the auspices of Luscombe Searelle. As usual, Miss Ward played her signature role of "Stephanie de Morivart" and the sets were painted by Arthur Elliott, the famed photographer. The Cape Town presentation of the play opened in the Exhibition Theatre on 8 December 1891.
Martin Banham. 1996. The Cambridge Paperback Guide to Theatre Cambridge University Press: p.402 
Jonathan Law. 2013. The Methuen Drama Dictionary of the Theatre. A&C Black: p. 536
Allardyce Nicoll. 1975. A History of English Drama 1660-1900: Late 19th Century Drama 1850-1900 Cambridge University Press: p. 487
Go to ESAT Bibliography
Return to PLAYS I: Original SA plays
Return to PLAYS II: Foreign plays
Return to PLAYS III: Collections
Return to South African Festivals and Competitions
Return to The ESAT Entries
Return to Main Page