London Assurance

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London Assurance by Irish playwright Dion Boucicault [1] (1820-1890).

The original text

Written for the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden. First presented 4 March 1841.

Translations and adaptations

Adapted by Ronald Eyre, published by Methuen, 1971.

Adapted by James Ambrose Brown.

Performance history in South Africa

1861: Performed by Sefton Parry and company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town on 13 June, along with The Lottery Ticket, or The Lawyer's Clerk (Beazley) and a "Fan Dance" by Miss Powell.

1861: Performed by Sefton Parry and company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town on 27 June, along with a play called Le Chalet Suisse , uncredited and billed as the "Musical Comedietta".

1974: Brown's adaptation directed by Peter Curtis for CAPAB English Drama, opening 19 January 1974 at the Nico Malan Theatre. Michael Atkinson, Vivienne Drummond, Lois Butlin, Patti Canning, Roger Dwyer, Nicholas Ellenbogen, Henry Goodman, Keith Grenville, Roland Stafford, Simon Swindell, Michael Swinton, Dugald Thomson, John Whiteley and Alec Bell were in the cast. Associate director John Burch, set designed by Penny Simpson, costumes by Jennifer Craig, lighting by John T. Baker.

1977: A PACT production was directed by Michael Atkinson at the Alexander Theatre, Johannesburg, and the Breytenbach Theatre, Pretoria, in 1977 starring Dorothy-Ann Gould.

198*: The adaptation by Ronald Eyre was presented by NAPAC at the Alhambra Theatre, Durban, directed by Roger Dwyer, 198*.

1984: Presented by CAPAB Drama based on the NAPAC production at the Nico Malan Theatre opening 30 June 1984, directed by Roger Dwyer. The cast: Dawid Minnaar, Laurens Cilliers, Nicholas Collis, Terrick Fitzhugh, Malcolm Farquhar, Keith Grenville, Roland Stafford, Lynn Banner, Robert Butler, Jennifer Steyn, Ronald France, Erica Rogers, Alan Swerdlow. Decor by Patricia Slavin, costumes by David Walker, lighting by Malcolm Hurrell.


London Assurance theatre programmes, 1974, 1984.

PACT theatre programme 1977 held by NELM [Collection: FARMER, Anthony]: 2007. 18. 13. 727.

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