Also found simply as Tiridate
The original text
A one act piece about the actress Mademoiselle Dumesnil (Marie-Françoise Marchand, 1713-1803), who joined the Comédie-Française in 1737 and became famous for her roles in the plays of Voltaire and Jean Racine. It also features her god-child Louise, the bailiff of the province and his son. Set in Paris in the time of Louis XV.
First performed in Paris at the Théâtre du Gymnase-Dramatique, on 15 April, 1841 and published by Dondey-Dupre, Paris, in the same year.
Translations and adaptations
Charles Reade adapted Narcisse's play as a short story called "Art: a dramatic tale" and published it in Bentley's Miscellany (December 1853). He then adapted his own story as a one act play called Art in 1855. His version Reade replaces Mlle Dumesnil with the 18th century British actress Anne Oldfield (1783-1830) and relates a fictional incident her life and that of a young poet who falls in love with her.
Reade later revived his play as An Actress of Daylight for the actress Mrs John Wood, and did so again in 1883 for the actress Geneviève Ward - now calling the play Nance Oldfield. The first production by Ward was a failure at the time, but the play would become a standard work in her repertoire over the years.
In 1891 Ellen Terry purchased the rights to Reade's play, performing the leading role numerous times, also under the title Nance Oldfield.
In 1894 W. H. Baker & co., Boston, published an American version of the play, a one-act play likewise called Nance Oldfield but credited to "M.A." (Mildred Aldrich, 1853-1928), in the series Baker's edition of plays. The text clearly credits "M.A." as the author, but states that it had been "arranged from Charles Reade's story".
Performance history in South Africa
Facsimile version of the original French text of 1841, Google E-book
Jeffrey Richards. 2007. Sir Henry Irving: A Victorian Actor and His World A&C Black:p.53
Allardyce Nicoll. 1975. A History of English Drama 1660-1900 (Volume 5, Late Nineteenth Century) Cambridge University Press:p.396 
J.P. Wearing. 2013. The London Stage 1890-1899: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel. (Second, revised edition, p.215
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