Grace Huntley

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Grace Huntley is a domestic drama in three acts by Henry Holl (1811-1884).

Also known as Grace Huntley, or The Follies of Youth.

The original text

Apparently based on a story called The Trials of Grace Huntley by Mrs C.S. Hall in The Amulet: A Christian and Literary Remembrancer. (1833: pp. 79-80. Reprint. London: Forgotten Books, 2013.)[1].

First performed as a "domestic burletta in three acts" at the Adelphi Theatre, London on 14 October, 1833. Published by G.H. Davidson, London 1833(?)

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

17 May, 1849: J Russel presented Grace Huntley, the first play to be performed at Charles Inman's Strand Street building in Port Elizabeth. Inman took over the administration of the building in July 1849.

1855: Performed in Cape Town's Garrison Theatre by the Garrison Players (officers of the 73rd Regiment or Captain Hall's Company) on 28 September 1855 as part of a presentation "for the Patriotic Fund" , under the title Grace Huntley, or The Follies of Youth with the farce Comfortable Lodgings, or Paris in 1750 (Peake).


14 Oct 1833 playbill, British Library in The Adelphi Theatre Calendar for 1833-1834[2]

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [3]: pp. 412

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