Grandfather's Darling, or The Post-boy

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Grandfather's Darling, or The Post-boy is the title given by F.C.L. Bosman (1980: p. 360) to a play (or plays) performed in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, by Luscombe Searelle and his company on 24 September, 1877, along with The Loan of a Lover (Planché). Bosman ascribes it to Edmund Gurney.

Actually, it appears that Bosman had most probably conflated the titles of to short plays, since both appear to have been performed on that particular night: Edmund Gurney's one-act play Grandad's Darling and The Post-boy, a play in two acts by Henry Thornton Craven (1818-1905).

For other productions, see the individual entries on the two plays.


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.360-1.

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