Guy Mannering, or The Gipsey's Prophecy
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, as Guy Mannering, or The Gipsey's Prophecy, with a musical score by Henry Bishop.
Originally published as Guy Mannering, or The Gipsey's Prophecy by John Miller, London, in 1816, the play eventually developed two versions of the title in subsequent editions and performances: either being titled as Guy Mannering, or The Gipsey's Prophecy (Wells and Lilly, Boston, 1823; W. Taylor, New York, 1849; Samuel French, Frenchs's Standard Drama LXXVI, New York 1860 - with a useful short editorial introduction by "H.L.") or appearing as Guy Mannering, or The Gipsy's Prophecy (e.g. by Joseph Robinson, Baltimore, USA, 1839; London : J. Dicks, London, 1864[?]).
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1867: Performed as Guy Mannering in the Theatre Royal, Harrington Street, Cape Town, by the Le Roy and Duret company on 14 and 17 October, with a dance performed by Miss Clara and Young England (Morton).
1878: Performed as Guy Mannering in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, by "all the available Professional and Amateur Talent of Cape Town, both Musical and Dramatic" under the direction of Tom Paulton, on 20 October, 23 October and 4 December. The amateurs were drawn from Cape Town's Amateur Dramatic Recital Society and the production on 4 December was done as a benefit for the musician G. Daws.
1891-2: Performed as Guy Mannering by the Geneviève Ward Company during a nine months' tour of South Africa, under the auspices of Luscombe Searelle, featuring Geneviève Ward and W.H. Vernon in the leading roles. In Cape Town they performed in the Exhibition Theatre, with Miss Ward playing "Meg Merrilies" and Mr Vernon as "Dandie Dinmont".
Facsimile version of the original 1816 published playtext: Google E-book
Facsimile version of the 1860 published playtext, with an editorial introduction: The Internet Archive
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