The Innkeeper of Abbeville, or The Ostler and the Robber

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The Innkeeper of Abbeville, or The Ostler and the Robber is a drama, in two acts by Edward Fitzball (1792–1873)[1].

F.C.L. Bosman (1928: p. 218) also has the title as The Innkeeper of Abbeville, or The Hostler and the Robber, possibly from his original source.

The original text

The 1831 printed version gives November 27th, 1826 as the first date of performance in the Surrey Theatre, however, according to Clifton (1993: p. 17)[2]) the play was first performed in the Theatre Royal, Norwich in 1820 and transferred to the Surrey Theatre in 1821, this is confirmed by the Wikipedia biography on Fitzball[3].

The text was printed by J. Dicks (Dicks' Standard Plays, no. 950), London, 182*, by J. Cumberland, London, 1831 and in French's Standard Drama (No 198) by S. French, New York ca. 1860.

Translations and adaptations

South African productions

1831: Performed on 12 November, by All the World's a Stage in the African Theatre, with Blue Devils (an interlude by Patrat/Colman) and The Two Galley Slaves (Ducange/Payne) as afterpiece.

1839: Performed some time in the year in the Commercial Hall, Grahamstown, by Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense under the title The Innkeeper of Abbeville, with Love, Law and Physic (Kenney).


Facsimile version of the 1860 Samuel French text, HathiTrust Digital Library[4]

Larry Stephen Clifton. 1993. The Terrible Fitzball: The Melodramatist of the Macabre[5]

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [6]: pp. 218, 389, .

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