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First performed on 16 January 1875 at the Vaudeville Theatre, London and at the New Fifth Avenue Theatre, New York, on 18 September, 1875. For almost 20 years it was the world's longest-running play, only surpassed by Charley's Aunt in the 1890s. Published by T.H. Lacy and Samuel French.
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Performance history in South Africa
The popular comedy was well received when first performed in South Africa in 1877 by of Disney Roebuck and company, and according to Vane Bennett (1885, p.24), would become a "sure card in the managerial hand" in that period.
1878: Performed again by the Disney Roebuck company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, playing from 8 to 13 February, the last performance taking place under the patronage of Colonel Richard George Southey CB CMG (1844–1909) and the Duke of Edinburgh's Own Volunteers.
1878: Performed again by the Disney Roebuck company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, playing from 27 March, with the orchestra of the Connaught Rangers and followed by a ballet. The evening under the patronage of the Lieutenant-Governor of the Colony, Sir A. Cunynghame and his wife.
April 1,2 and 4, 1895. Staged in the Port Elizabeth Opera House by the Port Elizabeth Amateur Dramatic Club under the direction of Henry Sims. Starring Mrs Bigg as Clarissa Champneys, Miss Leslie, Effie Stewart as Cousin Mary, Kathleen Edwards as Belinda, Mr Mieville as Sir Geoffrey Champneys, Henry Sims as Talbot, Hamilton Lane as Charles Middlewick, and Mr Val Davies as the butterman.
Eastern Province Herald. April 1, 1895.
The Port Elizabeth Advertiser, Port Elizabeth, February 5, 1901.
Jim Davis (ed). 1984. Plays by H. J. Byron CUP Archive
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