The Miller's Maid
The original text
Founded on a like-named poem by Robert Bloomfield (1766-1823), with the songs principally selected from his works as well, it was first performed at the Theatre Royal, English Opera House, London, in 1821, and printed for the author by Longman et al in the same year.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1832: Performed on 22 September in the Cape Town Theatre, Cape Town, by All the World's a Stage with The Soldier's Daughter (Cherry) and Jack at the Cape, or All Alive Among the Hottentots! (Booth).
1862: A piece now billed as The Maid of the Mill, but still called a "Domestic Drama", was performed by Clara Tellett and her company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 2 August, with Love in Humble Life (Scribé/Payne) and A Perfect Cure (Sapte). Though the text performed is most likely to have been Saville's play, F.C.L. Bosman (1980, p. 131 footnote 459), asks whether - given the title - the work performed was not in fact a version of Bickerstaffe's comic opera The Maid of the Mill (which Bosman, for some inscrutable reason, refers to as The Maid and the Mail.)
Saville, J. Faucit. (1821). The Miller's Maid: A Melo-drama in Two Acts. London: Printed for the author, and sold by Longman [etc.]. Facsimile version, Hathi Trust Digital Library
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