The Robber's Wife

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The Robber's Wife is the title of a play in two acts (or two plays of this format) by Isaac Pocock (1782–1835)[1]

There appear to be two versions of the play, a two act play published in 1827 and a two act "romantic drama" with music published in 1830. The origins given for the two versions also differ, as do their later subtitled versions (i.e. The Robber's Wife, or the Coiner's Cave and The Robber's Wife, or The Golden Ingot).

Both versions are discussed below.

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

The original text

This was published and performed in 1827, and described as 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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