The original text
First performed at the Theatre Royal Covent Garden in 1832, with Fanny Kemble, Charles Kemble and Knowles himself in the cast. Published in London the same year by E. Moxon.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1861: Performed by Sefton Parry and his company, on 6 June in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, with Stage Struck, or The Loves of Augustus Portarlington and Celestine Beverly (Dimond).
1864: A reading of the play performed by Thomas Brazier, as one of his series of Dramatic Readings held every alternate Monday in the Cape Town City Hall between 4 July and 7 November. (Other plays in the series of seven works read were Bulwer-Lytton's The Lady of Lyons and five plays by Shakespeare: Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, King John and Much Ado about Nothing.)
1867: Performed as The Hunchback by the Le Roy and Duret company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town on 23 December ("by special request"), with a dance by Miss Clara and John Wopps (Suter) as afterpiece.
1868: Scenes from the play were performed as part of a "Musical and Dramatic Entertainment" by the Le Roy and Duret company in the Commercial Exchange, Cape Town on 27 January. The evening was under the patronage Governor Wodehouse, and the programme also included songs, dances, and scenes read and performed from Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare), King John (Shakespeare), The Lady of Lyons (Bulwer-Lytton) and A Rough Diamond (Buckstone).
Facsimile version of the 1832 text, The Internet Archive
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