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''[[The Light that Failed]]'' is the name of two plays, both based on Kipling's 1891 novel.  
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''[[The Light that Failed]]'' is the name of two plays, both based on Kipling's 1891 eponymous novel.  
  
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=''[[The Light that Failed]]'' a novel by Rudyard Kipling (1891)=
  
a play by C. Thorpe ()[]
 
  
==The original text==
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This was the first novel written by [[Rudyard Kipling]] (1865-1936)[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudyard_Kipling], and was first published in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine from  January 1891, and later published in four different versions over the ensuing two years. Largely set in London, with some important scenes in in Sudan and Port Said, the novel tells of the unrequited love of Dick Heldar, a painter who goes blind, for Maisie.
  
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The novel was twice adapted for the stage and was also filmed three times: as a silent film by Pathé (1916) and by Famous Players-Lasky (1923), and as a sound film by Paramount in 1939, starring Ronald Colman and Walter Huston.
  
Based on the novel by [[Rudyard Kipling]] ()[], first published in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine from  January 1891, and later published in four different versions. Largely set in London, with some important scenes in in Sudan and Port Said, the novel tells of the unrequited love of Dick Heldar, a painter who goes blind, for Maisie.
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=The stage versions=
  
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==''[[The Light that Failed]]'' a play by C. Thorpe (1898)==
  
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The first stage version, using the original "sad" ending,  was done by Courtney Thorpe (1854-1927) in 1898, and was performed at the Royalty Theatre in London with Courtney Thorpe as "Dick". , Frank Atherley as "Torpenhow", and Furtado Clarke as "Maisie".
  
==Translations and adaptations==
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==''[[The Light that Failed]]'' a play by George Fleming (1903)==
  
George Fleming did a stage adaptation of the novel that was first staged in the West End from February to April 1903, before it appeared on Broadway in November. 
 
  
The novel was also filmed three times, as a silent film by Pathé (1916) and by Famous Players-Lasky (1923), and as a sound film by Paramount in 1939, starring Ronald Colman and Walter Huston.  
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George Fleming (pseudonym of Julia Constance Fletcher (1853-1938)[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Constance_Fletcher]) did a new stage adaptation of the novel, using the "happy" ending. It opened at the Lyric Theatre, London, on  7 February 1903 and ran for 148 performancesto April 1903, before it was produced  at the Knickerbocker Theatre, New York, by Klaw & Erlanger, running from 9 November 9 into December, 1903. It featured two famous British actors, Johnston Forbes-Robertson ("Dick")and C Aubrey Smith ("Torpenhow").
  
== Performance history in South Africa ==
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= Performance history of all versions in South Africa =
  
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1904: Performed as part of a repertoire of three plays done on a tour of the cities by Mrs and Mr [[Robert Brough]] and their company under the [[Wheeler Company]] management. They appeared in the [[Good Hope Theatre]], Cape Town, from 26 February onwards. According to Bosman's source, [[D.C. Boonzaier]] (1923), the play was as "as dull as the book from which it was taken".  According to [[F.C.L. Bosman]] (1980: p. 419) they used the "tragic" version by Thorpe (he refers to it as a tragedy), but he does not give his source for this, so it may in fact have been the most recent and more popular adaptation by Fletcher.
  
1904: Performed as part of a repertoire of three plays by Mrs and Mr [[Robert Brough]] and their company,  under the [[Wheeler Company]] management. They appeared in the [[Good Hope Theatre]], Cape Town, from 26 February onwards. According to [[D.C. Boonzaier]] (1923) the play was as "as dull as the book from which it was taken".
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= Sources =
  
== Sources ==
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http://www.kiplingsociety.co.uk/rg_light_intro.htm
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Light_That_Failed
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http://www.abouttheartists.com/plays/55860-the-light-that-failed-by-george-fleming
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https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-production/the-light-that-failed-5776
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http://www.stagebeauty.net/produce/light/th-light.html
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Constance_Fletcher
  
 
[[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 [[F.C.L. Bosman|Bosman]] 1980: pp. 374-439.)
 
[[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 [[F.C.L. Bosman|Bosman]] 1980: pp. 374-439.)
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Latest revision as of 06:33, 15 July 2020

The Light that Failed is the name of two plays, both based on Kipling's 1891 eponymous novel.

The Light that Failed a novel by Rudyard Kipling (1891)

This was the first novel written by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)[1], and was first published in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine from January 1891, and later published in four different versions over the ensuing two years. Largely set in London, with some important scenes in in Sudan and Port Said, the novel tells of the unrequited love of Dick Heldar, a painter who goes blind, for Maisie.

The novel was twice adapted for the stage and was also filmed three times: as a silent film by Pathé (1916) and by Famous Players-Lasky (1923), and as a sound film by Paramount in 1939, starring Ronald Colman and Walter Huston.

The stage versions

The Light that Failed a play by C. Thorpe (1898)

The first stage version, using the original "sad" ending, was done by Courtney Thorpe (1854-1927) in 1898, and was performed at the Royalty Theatre in London with Courtney Thorpe as "Dick". , Frank Atherley as "Torpenhow", and Furtado Clarke as "Maisie".

The Light that Failed a play by George Fleming (1903)

George Fleming (pseudonym of Julia Constance Fletcher (1853-1938)[2]) did a new stage adaptation of the novel, using the "happy" ending. It opened at the Lyric Theatre, London, on 7 February 1903 and ran for 148 performancesto April 1903, before it was produced at the Knickerbocker Theatre, New York, by Klaw & Erlanger, running from 9 November 9 into December, 1903. It featured two famous British actors, Johnston Forbes-Robertson ("Dick")and C Aubrey Smith ("Torpenhow").

Performance history of all versions in South Africa

1904: Performed as part of a repertoire of three plays done on a tour of the cities by Mrs and Mr Robert Brough and their company under the Wheeler Company management. They appeared in the Good Hope Theatre, Cape Town, from 26 February onwards. According to Bosman's source, D.C. Boonzaier (1923), the play was as "as dull as the book from which it was taken". According to F.C.L. Bosman (1980: p. 419) they used the "tragic" version by Thorpe (he refers to it as a tragedy), but he does not give his source for this, so it may in fact have been the most recent and more popular adaptation by Fletcher.

Sources

http://www.kiplingsociety.co.uk/rg_light_intro.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Light_That_Failed

http://www.abouttheartists.com/plays/55860-the-light-that-failed-by-george-fleming

https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-production/the-light-that-failed-5776

http://www.stagebeauty.net/produce/light/th-light.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Constance_Fletcher

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: p.419

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