The Green Bushes, or A Hundred Years Ago

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The Green Bushes, or A Hundred Years Ago is a popular melodrama in three acts John Baldwin Buckstone (1802– 1879)[1]

Also known as The Green Bushes, or Ireland a Hundred Years Ago or simply as The Green Bushes

The original text

It opened in the Adelphi Theatre, London on January 27th, 1845, and was considered as one of the highlights of the old Adelphi Theatre repertoire.

Published as The Green Bushes, or A Hundred Years Ago, an original drama in three acts by Samuel French in 1856[2].

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1862: Performed as The Green Bushes in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, by Sefton Parry and company on 27 February, with The Boots at the Swan (Selby), as a benefit for John Howard.

1866: Performed in Cape Town by the Le Roy and Duret Company on 17 May, as The Green Bushes, or Ireland a Hundred Years Ago with The Actress Of All Work, or My Country Cousin (Buckstone).


Facsimile version of the 1856 publication, Hathitrust Digital Library[3]

Jacky Bratton. 2011. The Making of the West End Stage: Marriage, Management and the Mapping of Gender in London, 1830–1870. Cambridge University Press[4]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 79, 87, 91, 97, 100, 111, 180, 201-210, 220-222, 324, 340, 359.

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