The Money Spinner

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The Money Spinner is a comedy in two acts by Arthur Wing Pinero (1855-1934)[1].

Also found as The Money-Spinner.

The original text

A play about "Millicent Boycott", a lady skilled at gambling called "The Moneyspinner", and her efforts to use her skills to save her husband from prison after he had embezzled money.

First performed at Prince's Theatre, Manchester, 5 November 1880 and at St James's Theatre, London, on 8 January 1881.

Published by Samuel French.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1886: Performed by Madame Pearmain and her company as part of a short season of eleven plays put in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, from 22 November onwards. Emily Levettez played "Milicent Boycott", a role she had created for the first performance of the play in London, according to Boonzaier (1923).


Online Books by Arthur Wing Pinero, The Online Books Page[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 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.383

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