The Lady and the Devil

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The Lady and the Devil is a musical drama in two acts by William Dimond (c. 1784–1837?)[1]

The original text

Apparently based on the Spanish play La Dama Duende (Calderon, 1626) and borrowing something from John Till Allingham's comedy The Marriage Promise (1803)[2], it tells of a young widow living in Palermo who falls for a English officer living in an adjoining property. She introduces herself to him in two forms, the first as a veiled mistress and the second as a hidden mistress, entering his accommodation through a hidden door. First performed at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, on 3 May 1820 and first published in 1820.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1868: Performed in the old Oddfellows Hall Cape Town by the Le Roy and Duret Company on 14 May along with Act 3 of The Octoroon (Boucicault) and A Comical Countess (Brough)


F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p. 233

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