The Irish Emigrant

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The Irish Emigrant is a comic drama in two acts by John Brougham (1814-1880)[1]

Also found as The Irish Emigrant, or Temptation and Temptation, or The Irish Emigrant

The original text

Originally titled Temptation, or The Price of Happiness when completed in 1849, later changed to Temptation, or The Irish Emigrant

First performed under that title at Burton's Theatre, New York, in 1856, with Brougham playing the lead. Later known simply as The Irish Emigrant, or in some cases as The Irish Emigrant, or Temptation.

Published in New York as Temptation, or The Irish Emigrant by Samuel French, 1856 (as French's American Drama. The Acting Edition. No. 20).

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1876: Performed in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town by the Disney Roebuck company, under the management of C. Wilstone, on 17 and 19 October, with Lord Dundreary (Taylor).

1877: Performed by Disney Roebuck and his company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 25 August, with Leah (Daly/Mosenthal).


Facsimile version of French's American Drama No. 65 (1856), USF Digital Collections[2]

James Fisher. 2015. Historical Dictionary of American Theater: Beginnings. Rowman & Littlefield: p. 253[3]

D.C. Boonzaier, 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1932. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.343, 347, 359

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