Guy Mannering, or The Gipsey's Prophecy

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Guy Mannering, or The Gipsey's Prophecy is a musical play in three acts by Daniel Terry (1780?-1829)[1], with music by which Henry Bishop (1786–1855)[2].

Sometimes simply referred to as Guy Mannering.

The original text

Based on Sir Walter Scott's novel Guy Mannering or The Astrologer (1815), which was dramatised by Scott's associate Daniel Terry and first performed in London on 12 March 1816 at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, with a musical score by Henry Bishop. Originally published by John Miller, London, in 1816. In 1860 Samuel French, New York, published an American edition of the text, with a useful short editorial introduction by "H.L.".

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1836: Performed as Guy Mannering in Cape Town by the Garrison Players on 31 August, with The Review (Colman Jr) as afterpiece.

1884-5: Performed as Guy Mannering by the Henry Harper Company in the new Theatre Royal, Cape Town, as part of Henry Harper's first season as lessee and manager of the venue.


Facsimile version of the original 1816 published playtext: Google E-book[3]

Facsimile version of the 1860 published playtext, with an editorial introduction: The Internet Archive[4]

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [5]: pp. 196,

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 1923. (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.325

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