The original text
Based on the French story La Peine du Talion by Charles de Bernard (1804-1850: first published by Michel Lévy frères (Paris) in 1853. (Some sources, e.g. Allardyce Nicoll, list the French source as La Loi du Talion) Taylor's play was first performed on 12 May 1856 in the Olympic Theatre, London. Published by Lacy in 1856 as No XXVII of Lacy's Acting Editions.
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Performance history in South Africa
1866: Performed on the 20th of August by the Le Roy and Duret theatre company in the Harrington Street Theatre, Cape Town, with a "new and interesting ballet" called The Dancing Scotchman, or Love in all Corners (Flexmore and Auriol?) as afterpiece.
The Victorian Plays Project, Electronic Catalogue - Volume 27
Allardyce Nicoll. 2002. A History of English Drama 1660-1900 Cambridge University Press: p.100
Martin Banham. "The Principal Plays of Tom Taylor", Plays by Tom Taylor: Still Waters Run Deep, The Contested Election, The Overland Route, The Ticket-of-Leave Man. CUP: pp.227-230
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