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Retribution is a domestic drama in four acts by Tom Taylor ( 1817–1880)[1]

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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

1859: Performed in the Harrington Street Theatre, Cape Town, by the Cape Town Dramatic Club on 27 May, with Masaniello (Brough?), and a performance of the brass band of the 59th Regiment.

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[2]

Allardyce Nicoll. 2002. A History of English Drama 1660-1900 Cambridge University Press: p.100[3]

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[4]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.145

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