La Priére des Naufragés
The original text
First performed at the Théâtre de l'Ambigu-Comique on October 20, 1853, and published by J-A Lelong, Paris, in the same year.
Translations and adaptations
Pirated and translated into English by Benjamin Nottingham Webster, it debuted at the Adelphi Theatre, London, under the title The Thirst for Gold, or the Lost Ship and the Wild Flower of Mexico on December 4, 1853. Also found are a number of other versions by other producers, such as The Struggle for Gold (23 January, 1854), The Struggle for Gold and the Orphan of the Frozen Sea (20 February, 1854), and Prayer in the Storm. In America it was produced as The Sea of Ice in a popular version by Laura Keene, opening at her New York theatre on November 5, 1857.
The text published in London by T.H. Lacy as The Sea of Ice, or The Prayer of the Wrecked and The Gold-Seeker of Mexico, a romantic drama in five acts, in
Transcribed version of the T.H. Lacy text
Performance history in South Africa
Ludwig Wilhelm Berthold Binge. 1969. Ontwikkeling van die Afrikaanse toneel (1832-1950). Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.
P.J. du Toit. 1988. Amateurtoneel in Suid-Afrika. Pretoria: Academica
Jill Fletcher. 1994. The Story of Theatre in South Africa: A Guide to its History from 1780-1930. Cape Town: Vlaeberg: p.
William Groom. 1899-1900. Drama in Cape Town. Cape Illustrated Magazine, 10(4): 478-481, 517-520, 547-552, 580-584, 640-643, 670-672, 706-708.
Peter Joyce. 1999. A Concise Dictionary of South African Biography. Cape Town: Francolin Publishers.
Loren Kruger 1999. The Drama of South Africa: Plays, Pageants and Publics Since 1910 London: Routledge
P.W. Laidler. 1926. The Annals of the Cape Stage. Edinburgh: William Bryce: p.
Brian Astbury. 1979. The Space/Die Ruimte/Indawo. Cape Town: Moira and Azriel Fine.
Percy Tucker. 1997. Just the Ticket. My 50 Years in Show Business. Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press.
Allardyce Nicoll. 1975. A History of English Drama 1660-1900: Late 19th Century Drama 1850-1900 Cambridge University Press
Joris Baers (1888-1975): Algemeene Tooneelbibliotheek Een
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