The Jilt

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The Jilt is a comedy in five acts by Dion Boucicault (1820-1890)[1]

The original text

This was Boucicault's last play, which he referred to in an interview as "one of English country life, something after the fashion of my London Assurance[2]. It was first performed by Boucicault and his company in San Francisco on 15 May, 1885, and then at the Princess of Wales's Theatre, London, 29 July 1886.

The text published by Samuel French 1909.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1886: Performed by Madame Pearmain and her company as part of a short season of eleven plays put in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, from 22 November onwards.


Facsimile version of the text (1909 edition by Samuel French), Hathi Trust Digital Library[3]

Daily Alta California, Volume 38, Number 12804, 4 May 1885: page 1[4]

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.203-205

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