The Robber's Wife

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The Robber's Wife is a play in tow acts by Isaac Pocock (1782–1835)[1]

There are two further versions of this title, both also attributed to Pocock, The Robber's Wife, or the Coiner's Cave and The Robber's Wife, or The Golden Ingot.

The Robber's Wife, or the Coiner's Cave (1827)

The original text

An English adaptation of the Irish traditional tale called Suil Dhur, or The Coiners, but set in Cumberland by Pocock. First performed in London in 1827, inter alia The text was published by John Cumberland with this title in a collection called The Robber's Wife and Other Plays (1827).

The play was often produced apparently, inter alia at the Theatre Royal Covent Garden in on 22 October 1829, still under the title The Robber’s Wife.

However, later productions appear to have been done under the fuller title of The Robber's Wife, or the Coiner's Cave.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1861: Performed as The Robber's Wife, or the Coiner's Cave in the Theatre Royal by the Garrison Players (possibly officers and men of the 11th Regiment) on Monday 4 February, with Bombastes Furioso (Rhodes).


Facsimile version of The Gentleman's Magazine and Historical Chronicle, Volume 99,Part 2: Page 362, Google Ebook[2].

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 166,

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The Robber's Wife, or The Golden Ingot. (1830)

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