The Jacobite

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The Jacobite is a comic drama in two acts by J.R. Planché (1796-1880)[1].

The original text

First performed in in 1847, opening at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, on 13 June, then moved to The Olympic Theatre with a new cast. It was also played on Broadway in the same year.

Published in Dick's Standard Plays (London, 1847?), by Thomas Hailes Lacy (as Lacy's Acting Edition No. 201, 1847?) and in New York by Samuel French & Son and by William Taylor and Son (The Minor Drama no XIX) in 1847.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1857: Performed in the Harrington Street Theatre, Cape Town, by Sefton Parry and his company on 17 December, Parry himself playing "John Duck". Family Jars (Lunn) was played as the afterpiece, with a musical interlude by the brass band of the Cape Royal Rifles and a "Highland Fling" by Mr Gough. The evening was in aid of the "Indian Relief Fund".


Facsimile version of the 1847 Samuel French edition, The Hathi Trust Digital Library[2]

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 1932. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.60, 65

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