The Tragedy of Jane Shore

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The Tragedy of Jane Shore is a five act play by Nicholas Rowe (1674 –1718)[1].

Also found as Jane Shore, or The Unfortunate Favourite or simply as Jane Shore

Not to be confused with the play Jane Shore by [2] by J. W. Boulding and R. Palgrave (at the Grand Theatre, Islington on March the 15th, 1886).

The original text

A play , "(W)ritten in Imitation of Shakespear's Style", first played at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, with Mrs Oldfield in the title role, in February of 1714. Published by Bernard Lintott, London, 1714.

South African performances

1831: Performed under the title Jane Shore, or The Unfortunate Favourite on 16 April by All the World's a Stage in the Roeland Street Theatre, with as afterpiece The Irish Tutor, or New Lights (Glengall).

1877: Performed as Jane Shore by Disney Roebuck and his company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 9 August, with the burlesque Kenilworth, or Ye Queene, Ye Earle and Ye Maidene (Halliday and Lawrance).


F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [3]: p.215,

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

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