Aurora Floyd is the name given to a number of dramatizations of the eponymous novel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1835-1915 ).
- 1 The original text
- 2 Translations and adaptations
- 3 Performance history in South Africa
- 4 Sources
- 5 Return to
The original text
Translations and adaptations
Braddon's novel was immediately dramatised for the stage on its appearance by five translators, all the plays first put on in 1863. Bolton (2000: pp. 58-61) lists numerous performances of the play over the years, often without the name of the adaptor.
Aurora Floyd by Charles Smith Cheltnam
This 4 act version opened at the Princess's Theatre, London on 11 March, 1863 and was later performed as Aurora Floyd, or The Mystery of a Year at the Prince's Theatre, Glasgow, 18-23 May, 1863.
Aurora Floyd, or The Dark Deed in the Wood by Colin Henry Hazlewood (1823–1875)
This version was first performed at the Britannia Theatre Saloon on 20 April, 1863. The script was subsequently published by Thomas Hailes Lacy's in his series Acting Edition of Plays, the 85th play in the series. Hazlewood's version was also known as Aurora Floyd, or The First and Second Marriage.
Aurora Floyd, or The Deed in the Wood by John Beer Johnstone (18–18)
A play in 2 acts and a prologue, this version was first performed at the Marlybone Theatre in 18-23 May, 1863.
Aurora Floyd by William E. Suter (18–18)
This version was first to performed at the Queen's Theatre on 30 March, 1863.
Aurora Floyd by Benjamin Webster (Jr) (18–18)
This version was first to performed at the Adelphi Theatre on 14 March, 1863.
Performance history in South Africa
Because the exact version of the text used in each case is not always certain, all plays bearing "Aurora Floyd" as the title or part of the title are listed below:
1867: Performed as Aurora Floyd in the Theatre Royal, Harrington Street, Cape Town by Le Roy's Original Company on 4 April, 1867 under the patronage and presence of Captain Collins and the officers from the American war sloop Sacramento, and Naval officer J.C. Howard assisting with the play. It was billed as a "Powerful and Sensational Drama" and was accompanied by a performance of My Wife's Second Floor.
1867: Performed once more by special request as Aurora Floyd in the Theatre Royal, Harrington Street, Cape Town by Le Roy's Original Company on 12 April, under the patronage of the "Stewards of the Races", and with Naval officer J.C. Howard once more assisting. The programme also included the "interesting Extravaganza" The Alabama (Morton) , a rendering of the song The Slave Ship by Mr Spencer and a comic song by Mr Ray.
H. Philip Bolton. 2000. Women Writers Dramatized: A Calendar of Performances from Narrative Works Published in English to 1900. London: A&C Black: pp. 58-61
K. Newey. 2005. Women's Theatre Writing in Victorian Britain. Springer: p. 197.
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