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Charles Dickens Theatre Collection, University of Kent[https://www.kent.ac.uk/library/specialcollections/theatre/dickens/plays/david-copperfield.html]
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"David Halliday", [[The Online Book Page]][https://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/book//lookupname?key=Halliday%2C%20Andrew%2C%201830%2D1877]

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David Copperfield is a novel by Charles Dickens.

The original text

Considered by many as Dickens's masterpiece, it was originally called The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery, it was first published as a serial in 1849–50, and as a book by Bradbury & Evans in 1850.

Translations and adaptations

Even as the serial version was being published, six dramatizations were done, the first being Born with a Caul by George Almar (1850). These were followed by twenty other versions in the 1850s, including a few by Dickens himself - inter alia versions prepared for his famous dramatic recitals from his work.

Full-scale stage versions seen in South Africa include:

David Copperfield by John Brougham (1851)

Adapted as a drama in three acts John Brougham (1810-1880)[] and performed at the Lyceum Theatre, London, on 6 January 1851. Published in London by Dicks.

Little Em'ly by Andrew Halliday (1869)

Adapted for the stage as Little Em'ly, a drama in four acts, by Andrew Halliday (1830-1877)[1] in 1869. Warmly approved by Dickens himself, the play opened at the Olympic Theatre, London, on 9 October 1869 and went on to enjoy a long run at Drury Lane and throughout the colonies. Also found as Little Emily, or The Ark on the Sands

Performance history in South Africa

1877: Performed as Little Emily, or The Ark on the Sands in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, by Disney Roebuck's company on 6 and 9 October, with The Happy Pair (Lover).



Charles Dickens Theatre Collection, University of Kent[2]

"David Halliday", The Online Book Page[3]

D.C. Boonzaier, 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1932. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.361,

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