The Loan of a Lover
The original text
Originally performed at the Olympic Theatre, London in and then at the Park Theatre, New York. Published in 1847 by W. Taylor & co., New York, as No IV in The Minor Drama series.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1858: First performed by Sefton Parry and his company in the Cape Town Theatre, Harrington Street, Cape Town, on 16 March, as an afterpiece to Money, or Rich and Poor (Bulwer-Lytton) and "the celebrated romance of Jock Rugg with the celebrated Burlesque of Statues", sung by J.E.H. English.
1861: Performed by Sefton Parry and his company in the Theatre Royal, Harrington Street, Cape Town, on 18 July, as afterpiece to Little Bo-Peep, or Harlequin and the Little Girl who Lost her Sheep
1867: Performed by the Le Roy and Duret company in the Theatre Royal, Harrington Street, Cape Town, on 4 November, as an afterpiece to The Woman in White (Collins) and the "Grand Scarf", a dance by Miss Clara.
1868: Performed by the Le Roy and Duret company in the Commercial Exchange, Cape Town, on 3 Fabruary, with The Waterman (Dibdin) and songs by D'Arcy Read and Mr Toogood. The evening a benefit for Elsie Sidney and D'Arcy Read.
1877: Performed by Disney Roebuck and his company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 24 September as part of a "Grand Military Night" with the orchestra of the 88th Regiment of the Connaught Rangers, with Grandfather's Darling (Gurney), The Post-boy (Craven) and two ballads, i.a. by Miss Wynne. (Actually, according to Bosman, 1980: p. 360, the supporting programme consisted of a single play, billed as Grandfather's Darling, or The Post-boy, but Bosman most probably conflated the two short plays in this case - elsewhere he has them as separate works).
Facsimile version of the 1847 edition by Taylor and Co., The Internet Archive
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