Niobe, All Smiles
The original text
The play tells of the statue of Niobe that comes to life through the dream of a hen-pecked old man.
First performed in the Prince of Wales Theatre, Liverpool on 1 September, 1890 and in London at the Strand Theatre on 16 April, 1892. Published by Samuel French in 1904.
Translations and adaptations
In 1915 an American comedy silent film called Niobe was based on the play, with a script by the authors and directed by Hugh Ford and Edwin S. Porter.
Performance history in South Africa
1909: Produced by Leonard Rayne and his company, featuring Lionel B. Stent, among others. It was part of their repertoire of four plays, opening at the Standard Theatre, Johannesburg, and then touring the various cities, including a performances at the Opera House, Cape Town, in October.
Allardyce Nicoll. 1975. A History of English Drama 1660-1900: Late 19th Century Drama 1850-1900 Cambridge University Press: p.516
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