The original text
A melodrama about a foundling who saves a beautiful young heiress from the clutches of a conniving young Captain and her old guardian.
Opened at the Surrey Theatre, London on 14 September 1867; in New York City 11 April, 1871.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1875: Performed as Nobody's Child by the Disney Roebuck and his company in the Bijou Theatre, Cape Town, on 10 and 15 July, with Hercules, King of Clubs (Cooper) as afterpiece. The cast included Tom Paulton as the unscrupulous guardian and company's the stage manager, Sutton Vane, as the foundling. The spectacular scene paintings were done by W. Thorne.
Allardyce Nicoll. 2009. History of English Drama, 1660-1900, Volume 5, Part 2. Cambridge University Press: p. 523
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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