Jessie Brown, or The Relief of Lucknow
The original text
Lucknow is the name of a city in northern India which the site of a famous siege in 1857. The purported incident dramatised in the play took place on September 25th, 1857, and the following version of the story, from "the pen of a lady", was published in the Illustrated London News on December 19th, 1857. It was apparently this story that inspired Boucicault to create his popular play. However, there are serious doubts about the veracity of the story itself. (For more on the story, see for example, the entry on "Jessie Brown of Lucknow" in The Traditional Tune Archive)
The play was first performed in Wallack's Theatre, New York, in 1858.
Published by Samuel French, New York, in 1858 in the series "Boucicault's Dramatic Works forming the repertoire of Miss Agnes Robertson, No VI".
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1877: Performed as Jessie Brown, or The Relief of Lucknow in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town by the Disney Roebuck company on 26 September, with The Morning Call (Dance) and Aladdin, or The Wonderful Woman (Byron?).
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