The Flying Scud, or A Four-legged Fortune
Often simply called The Flying Scud.
The original text
A melodrama (or "sensation drama") about horse-racing that featured a live horse on stage, the work was ostensibly written as opening piece for The Holborn Theatre, Sefton Parry's new venue in London, where it had its first performance on 6 October 1866. The text was published by in the same year.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1877: Performed in the Theatre Royal on 26 January by Disney Roebuck and his company, featuring a "real horse". It was presented with The Spectre Bridegroom (Moncrieff ) and a ballad by Miss Wynne (i.e. Gertrude Wynne).
David Mayer. 2004. "Encountering Melodrama", In: Kerry Powell (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Victorian and Edwardian Theatre, Cambridge University Press:pp.158-162
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.
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