Grandad's Darling

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Grandad's Darling is a play in one act by Edmund Gurney ()[]

Also found as Grandfather's Darling in some sources.

The original text

Written for a child actress. Published in London by Samuel French and as Lynn’s Acting Edition no XVI.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1877: Probably the play performed in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, by Luscombe Searelle and his company as Grandfather's Darling on 24 September. Actually, according to Bosman, 1980: p. 360, the play was billed as Grandfather's Darling, or The Post-boy), and was accompanied by The Loan of a Lover (Planché). Bosman most probably conflated the titles of Gurney's one-act play with that of The Post-boy (Craven), possibly also done that night.

1877: Performed again by Luscombe Searelle and his company (but this time simply referred to as Grandfather's Darling by Bosman), along with the "Grand burlesque" of Aladdin, or The Wonderful Woman (Anon).


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 1932. (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: pp.360-1.

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