Capitola, or The Masked Mother and The Hidden Hand

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Capitola, or The Masked Mother and The Hidden Hand is a drama in three acts, by Colin Henry Hazlewood (1823-1875)[1].

Also appears as The Masked Mother, or The Hidden Hand.

The original text

Based on The Hidden Hand (or Capitola the Madcap), a popular serial novel by E.D.E.N. Southworth (first published in the New York Ledger in 1859) - according to Habegger (1981) probably one of the best selling American-authored books of the 19th century. Hazlewood's dramatization was first performed at the City of London Theatre in 1860 published in London by T.H. Lacy, as No 104 in the series of Acting Editions of Plays.

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Performance history in South Africa

1867: Performed in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town on 28 May by the Le Roy's Original Company company, with Poor Pillicoddy (Morton). The evening was offered as a benefit for Le Roy and the cast was augmented by Miss J. Caldazo of the Bailey-Poussard Company.


Alfred Habegger. 1981. "A Well Hidden Hand" NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction, Vol. 14, No. 3 (Spring, 1981), pp. 197-212 (Duke University Press Stable[2].

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 1923. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.

William Groom. 1899-1900. Drama in Cape Town. Cape Illustrated Magazine, 10(4): 478-481, 517-520, 547-552, 580-584, 640-643, 670-672, 706-708.

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