A Rough Diamond
Performed and published as The Rough Diamond in America.
The original text
Apparently first performed as The Rough Diamond at Niblo's Theatre in 1841 and the Broadway Theatre in 1850. First performed as A Rough Diamond at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, London, on 8 November 1847 and at the Haymarket in the same year. Published as A Rough Diamond by T.H. Lacy in 1847 and as The Rough Diamond by Dick and Fitzgerald (1841?) and Samuel French as No XLI of French's Minor Drama in 1850.
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Performance history in South Africa
1858: Performed as The Rough Diamond in the Cape Town Theatre on 8 June by Sefton Parry and his company, with cast including Parry and Mrs Parry, Holmes (as "Sir William Evergreen") and Miss Delmaine (as "Lady Pluto"). Also played: The Stranger (Kotzebue/Thompson & Sheridan).
1859: Performed as The Rough Diamond in the Cape Town Theatre on 27 and 28 December by Sefton Parry and his company, followed by with The Babes in the Wood, or Harlequin and the Cruel Uncle! (Parry). In these performances Parry appeared as "Cousin Joe", along with Mrs Parry ("Margery"), a member of the Cape Town Dramatic Club ("Sir William Evergreen"), Mr Devere ("Lord Plato"), Mr Holmes ("Captain Blenheim"), Mr Watson ("John") and Miss Crisp (as "Lady Pluto").
1867: Performed as A Rough Diamond by the Le Roy and Duret company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town on 16 December, as part of a "Grand Shakespearian Night", as afterpiece to Othello and a "Pas Seul" by Miss Clara.
1868: Scenes from the play were performed as part of a "Musical and Dramatic Entertainment" by the Le Roy and Duret company in the Commercial Exchange, Cape Town on 27 January. The evening was under the patronage Governor Wodehouse, and the programme also included songs, dances, and scenes read and performed from The Lady of Lyons (Bulwer-Lytton), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare), King John (Shakespeare) and The Hunchback (Knowles) .
1871: Performed as The Rough Diamond by the visiting Bijou Troupe in the Cape Town Institute building on 20 March, with The Swiss Cottage (Bayly). The featured artists included Madame Julie, Mr Raymond and some local amateurs.
1878: Performed in the Athenaeum Hall, Cape Town, by the Dramatic Recital Society on 19 September, as a benefit for Hugh Fisher. Also played were The Bells (Erckmann-Chatrian/Lewis) and A Happy Pair (Theyre-Smith).
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