Lost in London

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Lost in London is a romantic drama in three acts by Watts Phillips (1825-1874)[1].

The original text

Opened at the New Adelphi Theatre, London on 16 March, 1867, produced by Ben Webster.

Published in London by L.C. Lacy in 1867, also by Samuel French in the 1870s.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1875: Performed as Lost in London by Disney Roebuck and company in the Bijou Theatre, Cape Town, on 9 September, with a dance by Miss Duggan and The Daughter of the Regiment (Stirling).

1876: Performed as Lost in London in the Athenaeum Hall, Cape Town, by the Disney Roebuck company on 10 September, with The Boots at the Swan (Selby).


Facsimile version of the original Samuel French text: The Internet Archive[2]

Allardyce Nicoll. 2009. History of English Drama, 1660-1900, Volume 5, Part 2. Cambridge University Press: p. 523[3]


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. 327,

William Groom. 1899-1900. Drama in Cape Town. Cape Illustrated Magazine, 10(4): 478-481, 517-520, 547-552, 580-584, 640-643, 670-672, 706-708.

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