The Gamester

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The Gamester is a domestic tragedy in five acts by Edward Moore (1712 – 1757)[1].

The original text

Originally produced at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, in 1753 with David Garrick (1717-1779) in the leading character of Beverley the gambler. Garrick apparently also added the prologue and a few other passages of the play.

The play was often produced in England and the United States in the 18th century, inter alia at the Park Theatre, New York, by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kean.

First published in London by R. Francklin and co, 1753 and sold by and R. Dodsley. Later editions printed 1776 by T. Davies and R. Dodsley; and 1777 by J. Bell.

Performance history in South Africa

1808: Performed in the African Theatre by the Garrison Players on 2 July 1808, followed by Taste (Foote) as afterpiece.

1824: Performed by the Garrison Players on 2 October in the African Theatre, with Miss in her Teens (Garrick).

Translations and adaptations


F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [2]: pp. 76, 109, 186

Facsimile version of the 1753 edition by R. Francklin, Hathi Trust Digital Library[3]

Facsimile version of the 1776 edition by T. Davies and R. Dodsley, Google E-book[4]

Facsimile version of the 1777 edition by Bell, Google E-book[5]

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