The Lost Ship, or The Man-of-War's Man and The Privateer
The Lost Ship, or The Man-of-War's Man and The Privateer is a nautical drama, in three acts by William Thompson Townsend (1806?-1870).
The original text
First performed at the Surrey Theatre in 1848?, and at national Theatre, Boston in 1848
Published in London and New York by Samuel French in 1848 (French's standard drama, the acting edition, no. 305), followed by 16 editions published between 1848 and 1885 in English, including editions by S.G. Fairbrother (London, 1852) and W.V. Spencer (Spencer's Boston Theatre No CXLVIII, 1856?).
Translations and adaptations
Sefton Parry credited The Lost Ship, or The Man-of-War's Man and The Privateer to a "P. Cooke" when he first performed it in Cape Town. Whether this is an error, or an adaptation is uncertain - though the source of this attribution may have been the fact that the celebrated English actor Thomas Potter Cooke (1786–1864) (billed as "Mr P.T. Cooke"), a specialist in nautical dramas, appeared in the original 1848 performance of the play at the Surrey Theatre, London, in the leading role of "Ben Tennant". He was probably also the producer of the original production.
Performance history in South Africa
1860: Performed by Sefton Parry and his company in the Cape Town Theatre on 12 and 13 March, ascribed to "P. Cooke" in the publicity. Accompanied by two ballads by the vovalist Catherine Harding and a dance. Notable was the fact that new scenery been painted for Parry's production by the celebrated artist Thomas Baines.
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