Arrah-na-Pogue, or The Wicklow Wedding
The original text
Written in 1864, the play is a jaunty historical romance set in the Wicklow Mountains during the Rebellion of 1798. It was first performed at the Theatre Royal, Dublin on 7 November 1864, after which Boucicault rewrote it radically,before its first English production, which opened at the (Royal) Princess's Theatre, London, on 22 March 1865. It was first performed in the USA at Niblo's Garden, 537 Broadway, New York, on 7 December, 1865 by Boucicault's company.
The text published in New York by The De Witt Publishing House, [1864?]
Translations and adaptations
Adapted as a romantic opera in three acts called Shaun the Post in by R. J. Hughes, with music composed by Dermot MacMurrough. Performed at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, and published in Dublin by Pigott & Co., probably in 1924.
Performance history in South Africa
1875: Produced by Disney Roebuck in the Bijou Theatre, formerly the Oddfellows Hall, on 11, 13 and 15 September. The play performed on its own and became a great success for the company. The set designer W. Thorne not only provided a good setting, but apparently also excelled as a dancer of an Irish jig along with Miss Maggie Duggan.
1875. Produced by Disney Roebuck in the Bijou Theatre on 16 September, with Robert Macaire, or The Roadside Inn Turned Inside Out (Byron). The evening a farewell benefit for Mr Paulton and Mrs Paulton.
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