The Gambler's Fate, or A Lapse of Twenty Years

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The Gambler's Fate, or A Lapse of Twenty Years is a drama in two acts by Charles Thompson, founded on the popular French play of Trente Ans, ou La Vie d'un Joueur by Victor Ducange and Dinaux. Hugely popular during the mid 18th century in London. (Also known simply as The Gambler's Fate. )

According to F.C.L. Bosman (1928, p 213), its first production (in English) in Cape Town on 5 June by H. Booth and All the World's a Stage, led to a great deal of critique of the presentation and the text, which the critic of the Commercial Advertiser said was "a clumsy adaptation from the German". In response "A British Amateur", writing in the De Zuid-Afrikaan, stated (correctly) that it was in fact an "almost literal translation" of the French play La Vie d'un Joueur.

See further Trente Ans, ou La Vie d'un Joueur

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