The original text
Possibly inspired by The Romany Rye an 1857 novel by George Borrow (1803–1881), but - unlike the novel - set in the streets of London, the play was first produced by Wilson Barrett at the Princess's Theatre, London as Romany Rye.
It was performed on 4 June 1888 at the Britannia Theatre, London as The Romany Rye.
There is also mention of a play called Romany Rye, anecdotally ascribed to Wilson Barrett (1846-1904), but as no such text can be found, this was probably due to his central role as the producer of Sims's play, and not the author of a new text.
Translations and adaptations
Adapted as a silent filmed called The Life Line in 1919 , directed by Maurice Tourneur and starring Jack Holt, Wallace Beery and Lew Cody.
Performance history in South Africa
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