The Darling of the Gods

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The Darling of the Gods (subtitled A Drama of Japan) is a play by David Belasco (1853-1931)[1] and John Luther Long (1861-1927)[2].

The original text

Based on Long's writings about old Japan, the play is set in Japan during the period of the "sword edict", when the Emperor took away the swords of the Samurai ("the two-sword men"). The first production opened in the Belasco Theatre, New York, on December the 3rd, 1902, playing till May 1903, produced and directed by David Belasco, with incidental music written and directed by William Furst. It played a return engagement from September 16, 1903 - July 1904.

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Performance history in South Africa

1905: Performed to acclaim at the Opera House, Cape Town, by the Wheeler Company, opening on 3 June, with a cast that included Edward Vincent, Clifford Pembroke, Hugh Buckler and Sylvia Cavalho.


"The Darling of the Gods", IBDB (Internet Broadway Database)[3] Go to ESAT Bibliography

D.C. Boonzaier. 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1923. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p. 422

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