The Dream at Sea

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The Dream at Sea is a drama in three acts by John Baldwin Buckstone (1802-1879)[].

The title The Dream at Sea, or The Cornish Wreckers is also found, and (probably inaccurately) listed as The Dream at Sea, or The Cornish Wheelers by James Parry (cited in Bosman, 1980) during the first South African performances.

The original text

First performed on 23 November, 1835 at the Adelphi Theatre, London

Published as The Dream at Sea by W. Strange, London, 1835 and later also in Boston by W.V. Spencer as no LXVIII in the series Spencer's Boston Theatre.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1860: Produced as The Dream at Sea, or The Cornish Wheelers by Sefton Parry on 22 March in the The Cape Town Theatre in Harrington Street with An Alarming Sacrifice (Buckstone).


Facsimile version of the 4th edition (1835) by Strange, Google E-book[1]

Facsimile version of the Spencer's 1859 published text, Hathitrust Digital Library[2]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 79, 88, 270, 324, 346.

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