The Banker's Daughter
The original text
Originally written by Bronson Howard as a drama in five acts and six tableaux called Lilian's Last Love, performed in 1873, then revised it and called it The Banker's Daughter, or Lilian's Last Love (or simply The Banker's Daughter). This version performed in the USA in 1878.
Translations and adaptations
Adapted for the English stage by James Albery (1838-1889), it was performed in London as The Old Love and the New, also in 1878. This was the version also performed elsewhere in the British Empire over the next three decades or so.
Performance history in South Africa
1884: Performed as The Old Love and the New in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, by the lessee Henry Harper and a company he had got together in England, led by H.C. Sidney (playing "John Stratton" in this case) It was part of a season of plays that had opened on 18th June.
1892: Performed as The Old Love and the New in the Vaudeville Theatre, Cape Town, by the visiting Emilie Bevan Comedy Company as part of a three-and-a-half month season of 20 plays which began on 8 August. H.C. Sidney
The Theatre : a monthly review of the drama, music and the fine arts, Jan. 1880-June 1894; London Vol. 1, Iss. 1, (Jan 1880): 36-38.
Jackson R. Bryer and Mary C. Hartig. 2010. The Facts on File Companion to American Drama,. Infobase Publishing: p.245.
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