Jessy Vere, or The Return of the Wanderer
The original text
First Performed at the Britannia Saloon, February, 1856, where it had a long run.
Published in Thomas Hailes Lacy's series Acting Edition of Plays in 1856.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1865: Performed as Jessy Vere, or The Return of the Wanderer in the Theatre Royal on 23 and 26 October by Ray and Cooper, with the help of local "Gentlemen Amateurs". Billed as an "admired pathetic drama", it shared the programme with The Area Belle (Brough and Halliday) as afterpiece.
1875: A performance of a play referred to as Joshua Vere, or The Return of the Wanderer was announced by Disney Roebuck's company in the Bijou Theatre , Cape Town, on 26 June, but was replaced by The Daughter of the Regiment (Fitzball(?)) for some reason.
1877: Performed as Jessy Vere, or The Return of the Wanderer in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, by Disney Roebuck's company on 26 October, with The Honeymoon (). The evening a farewell benefit for Chas. Wilstone.
1878: Performed as Jessy Vere, or The Return of the Wanderer in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, by Disney Roebuck's company on 9 July, with Little Don Giovanni, or Leporello and the Stone Statue (Byron).
1884-5: Boonzaier (1923) refers to a play called The Wanderer’s Return that was performed 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. It is probably an inaccurate reference to (or adaptation of) Hazlewood's play.
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