The Lost Child

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The Lost Child is a farce in one act by William E. Suter (1811?-1882)[]

Also found as The Lost Child, or Jones's Baby and possibly performed as The Lost Baby on occasion

The original text

Published 1863 by T.H. Lacy, London .

Translations and adaptations

Published in New York by Samuel French in French's Minor Drama (No. 322) as The Lost Child, or Jones's Baby, circa 1874.

The Lost Baby was the title of an (uncredited) farce performed in Cape Town in 1878, and is possibly an adapted version of Suter's farce, or simply an alternative title..

Performance history in South Africa

1878: Produced as The Lost Baby (uncredited) by Disney Roebuck in the Theatre Royal on 13 May, with Arrah-na-Pogue (Boucicault). The evening a benefit for "The Paultons" (Mr Paulton and Mrs Paulton).

1878: Produced as The Lost Baby (uncredited) by Disney Roebuck in the Theatre Royal on 16 May, with Scenes from Robinson Crusoe (Defoe/Byron).


Online Books by William E. Suter, The Online Books Page[1]

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: p.368

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