The King's Rival, or The Court and the Stage

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The King's Rival, or The Court and the Stage is a drama in five acts by Tom Taylor (1817-1880)[1] and Charles Reade (1814-1884).

Also found as The King's Rival or The Court and the Stage

The original text

First performed the Theatre Royal St James, London, as The King's Rival on 4 October, 1854 and published under this title by R. Bentley, London, in 1854. Performed in New York as The King's Rival, or The Court and the Stage and published under that title by Samuel French in French's Acting Drama no CXXIV.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1867: A play listed by Bosman (1980: p. 231) as The World and the Stage (and billed as "Tom Taylor's Great Play") was performed by the Le Roy-Duret Company in the Theatre Royal, Harrington Street, Cape Town, on 18 and 21 November with Brough's burlesque version of Euripides's Medea and a dance ("Pas de Fleurs") by Miss Clara. As play by this title has been found for Tom Taylor, it seems highly likely that the text used was in fact The Court and The Stage.


Facsimile version of Bentley's edition of The King's Rival (1854), Hathi Trust Digital Library[2]

Facsimile version of French's edition of The King's Rival, or The Court and the Stage (1850s?), , Hathi Trust Digital Library[3]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.231-2

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