The Post-boy

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The Post-boy is a drama in two acts by Henry Thornton Craven (1818-1905)[1]-

The original text

First performed at the Strand Theatre, London, on 31 October 1860. Published as The Post-boy by Thomas Hailes Lacy in 1861 and later also by Samuel French. (French's Acting edition.) [c.1870]

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Performance history in South Africa

1877: Probably performed in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, by Luscombe Searelle and his company on 24 September. Actually, according to Bosman, 1980: p. 360, the company did a play billed as Grandfather's Darling, or The Post-boy) as partner piece to The Loan of a Lover (Planché). Bosman most probably conflated the titles of Gurney's one-act play Grandfather's Darling with that of Craven's play, and that both plays were done that night.


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. 360-1.

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