Lady Audley's Secret
Also found as Lady Audley's Secret!.
The original text
Based on Elizabeth Braddon's (1835-1915) popular novel titled Lady Audley's Secret, which was partly serialised in Robin Goodfellow magazine July–September 1861, then entirely serialised in Sixpenny Magazine January–December 1862 and once again serialised in London Journal March–August 1863. It was published in book form (three volumes) in 1862 by William Tinsley,
The novel has been dramatised and filmed several times, but possibly the first adaptation for the stage was done by C.H. Hazlewood shortly after its appearance and first performed by Framton and Fenton in the Victoria Theatre, London, on 25 May 1863. Hazlewood's text was published in 1863 by Thomas Hailes Lacy's series Acting Edition of Plays (as Supplement No. 3) and later as acting edition no 412 in French's Standard Drama by Samuel French.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1866: Performed on 15 January in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town by the Ray and Cooper Company, with the assistance of "members of the various Dramatic Clubs in Cape Town", as a benefit to Mrs Cooper. Also performed was "the unrivalled burlesque Extravaganza The Latest Edition of the Lady of Lyons (Byron)".
1874: Performed on 23 and 26 January in the Mutual Hall, Cape Town by the Disney Roebuck company, with The Loan of a Lover (Planché). Roebuck himself played "Robert Audley" to acclaim, and the play would be great financial success for him.
1874: Performed on 27 January in the Mutual Hall, Cape Town by the Disney Roebuck company, with The Day After the Wedding, or A Wife's First Lesson (Kemble).
1874: Performed as a "Command Night" on 6 February in the Mutual Hall, Cape Town by the Disney Roebuck company, with The Day After the Wedding, or A Wife's First Lesson (Kemble).
1875: Performed by Disney Roebuck and his company in the Bijou Theatre, Cape Town, on 6 March, with The Two Gregories, or Where Did the Money Come From? (Dibdin).
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