Michael Erle, the Maniac Lover, or The Fayre Lass of Lichfield
Michael Erle, the Maniac Lover, or The Fayre Lass of Lichfield is a romantic drama in two acts by Thomas Egerton Wilks (1812-1854).
The original text
First performed at the Surry Theatre, London, 1839 and the Federal Street Theatre in Boston, 1849. Published in London by Thomas Hailes Lacy in 1839 and in New York by Samuel French in 1859.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1864: Performed under its full title of Michael Erle, the Maniac Lover, or The Fayre Lass of Lichfield by the amateurs of the 11th Regiment in the Garrison Theatre, Cape Town, 5 April, with Othello (Shakespeare). The evening was the farewell performance by the 11th Regiment before they left for Durban. In addition it was announced that, quite logically, that: "On this occasion the Amateur Christy's Minstrels will also enter their farewell performance."
1865: Performed as Michael Erle, the Maniac Lover by the Valorous Amateurs (amateur players from H.M.S. Valorous) in the Garrison Theatre, Cape Town on 17 November, with Ben Bolt (Johnstone) and Betsy Baker (Morton).
Facsimile version of Michael Erle, the Maniac Lover, or The Fayre Lass of Lichfield, Thomas Hailes Lacy 1839 edition, Hathi Trust Digital Archive.
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