Milky White

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Milky White is a domestic drama in two acts by H.T. Craven (Henry Thornton Craven, 1818-1905)[1]

The original text

Described also as a serio-comic piece in some issues, it featured the author as the leading character of the milkman in the first performance at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Liverpool on 20 June 1864.

It was also performed by another company at the Olympic Theatre New York on 21 November 1864.

The only published version of the original text to be readily found is that by H. Roorbach, New York, in 1889.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1874: Performed in the Bijou Theatre, Cape Town by Captain Disney Roebuck's company on 9 and 10 February, with Little Toddlekins (Mathews).

1877: Performed by the Disney Roebuck company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 13 September, with The Artful Dodge (Blanchard).

1878: Performed in the Athenaeum Hall, Cape Town, on 18 October by St John Knight and company, with Delicate Ground (Dance).


Facsimile version of the 1889 American text by H. Roorbach, Internet Archive[2],_Henry_Thornton_(DNB12)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 360, 373

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