The White Queen

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The White Queen is an historical play by J.W. Boulding and/or R. Palgrave(?)

Not to be confused with Philippa Gregory's novel or the BBC series based on it.

The original text

An historical play set in the time of Louis XII, The White Queen, it was specifically written for the actress Lillian Beddard, said by her to be by "Palgrave of London" (i.e. R. Palgrave, other sources have is a play J.W. Boulding as the author - or it may have been both jointly, for they had also authored Jane Shore as a team in 1885).

The play was most successfully produced in London by Bedard, who later took it on her many international tours as part of her repertoire.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1888-9 The White Queen performed by Lillian Beddard and her company in South Africa, with Beddard as "Lady Mary". Among the cities played were Johannesburg (the Theatre Royal, 21-26 June), Kimberley and Cape Town (the Exhibition Theatre).


Laurence Wright. "Shakespeare in South Africa: The Nineteenth Century". Internet Shakespeare Editions[online]. University of Victoria, Accessed 16 July 2020[1]

"A Grass Widow Now, Lillian Beddard Will Face the Footlights and Her Diamonds Alone", in The San Francisco Call, Monday, March 30, 1896[2]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 388-9

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