Grist to the Mill, or The Miser of Verdun

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Grist to the Mill, or The Miser of Verdun is a comic drama in two acts by James Robinson Planché (1796–1880)[1].

Also found simply as Grist to the Mill

The original text

First performed in the Theatre Royal, Haymarket on 22 February 1844 and was published in 1844 by S.G. Fairbrother. In 1856 the performance text appeared as issue 264 of French's Standard Drama.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1860: Performed as Grist to the Mill, or The Miser of Verdun in the Harrington Street Theatre, Cape Town, by the Sefton Parry company on 14 February, under the patronage of the Cape Volunteer Corps. The afterpiece is The Rifle and How to Use It (Bridgeman).

1862: Performed in Port Elizabeth by the Sefton Parry company as Grist to the Mill in the Port Elizabeth Dramatic Society's newly complete New Theatre on 2 June.


F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.78.

Jill Fletcher. 1994. The Story of Theatre in South Africa: A Guide to its History from 1780-1930. Cape Town: Vlaeberg.

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