The Lights o' London
Sometimes found as The Lights of London.
The original text
It was first produced in London on 10 September 1881 at the Princess's Theatre by Wilson Barrett and opened in New York at the Union Square Theatre in December 1881.
A printed version of the text was not published at the time, though the play was immensely popular. It was finally published more than a century later, in 1995, by Oxford Paperbacks in the volume The Lights o' London and Other Victorian Plays (edited by Michael R. Booth) in their World's Classics series.
Translations and adaptations
The play was twice made into silent films, one directed by Bert Haldane (1914) the other by Charles Calvert (1923).
Performance history in South Africa
1882: Performed in the Theatre Royal in Burg Street, Cape Town, by Mabel Hayes and her company as part of a season of 16 plays which began in august of the year. (D.C. Boonzaier, cited by Bosman (p.375), wrongly refers to the play as The Lights of London.)
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