The Bride of Abydos
The Bride of Abydos can be a reference to any one of three possible works:
- 1 The Bride of Abydos (1813), a heroic poem by Lord Byron
- 2 The Bride of Abydos (1818), a "tragick play" in three acts by William Dimond
- 3 The Bride of Abydos, or The Prince, the Pirate and the Pearl (1858), a burlesque by H.J. Byron
- 4 Sources
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The Bride of Abydos (1813), a heroic poem by Lord Byron
This was published in 1813. It is the source for the other two works.
For more on the poem, see for example the entry in Wikipedia
The Bride of Abydos (1818), a "tragick play" in three acts by William Dimond
William Dimond (c. 1784–1837?) based his play on Byron's poem of the same name. The text was first performed at Drury Lane Theatre, London, on 5 February 1818 and published the same year by Richard White in London.
The Bride of Abydos, or The Prince, the Pirate and the Pearl (1858), a burlesque by H.J. Byron
Sometines simply referred to as The Bride of Abydos
The original text
This version of Lord Byron's tale, by Henry J. Byron (1835-1884), is called "An original oriental, burlesque extravaganza in verse" and was most probably a burlesque version of the poem rather than the 1818 drama and was first performed at the Strand Theatre, London, on 31 May, 1858 and the text was published in London by T.H. Lacy, 1858.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1861: Performed as The Bride of Abydos, or The Prince, The Pearl and The Pirate 15 January under the auspices of the Cape Town Dramatic Club in the Cape Town Dramatic Club Theatre, with Gale Breezely, or The Tale of a Tar (Johnstone). The evening a joint benefit for Mrs. C. Fraser and Mr. H. Seymour.
1869: Performed as The Bride of Abydos (probably also the burlesque version) in Grahamstown by the officers and men of the 32nd Light Infantry in Grahamstown, with A Wonderful Woman (D'Ennery/Dance), in the presence of the Lieutenant Governor and the local elite.
Facsimile version of the 1858 play by Byron, Hathi Trust Digital Library
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