It's Never too Late to Mend, or Gold, Gold, Gold
Also known simply as It's Never too Late to Mend.
The original text
A drama about a ruthless squire who becomes obsessed with a younger woman and conspires to have her lover framed and sent to jail.
Based by Charles Reade on his own novel called It Is Never Too Late to Mend (sometimes written as It's Never Too Late to Mend), published in 1856, the play opened in February 1865 at The Theatre, Leeds, where it played to great acclaim.
Translations and adaptations
The novel was filmed a number of times over the years.
Performance history in South Africa
1862: Performed as It's Never too Late to Mend, or Gold, Gold, Gold by Clara Tellett and her company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 15 December, with Marriage at any Price (Wooler). The performance given as a benefit for James Leffler, held under the patronage of the Governor's wife, Lady Wodehouse, and R. Southey, the Colonial Secretary.
1882/3: Performed as It's Never too Late to Mend by Mabel Hayes and her company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, as part of season that ran from August 1882 to June 1883. She probably did it in Port Elizabeth as well in the subsequent season.
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