THE NEW MAGDALEN - A DRAMATIC STORY IN THREE ACTS
First night programme for The New Magdalen on 19 May 1873
The stage version of The New Magdalen was written at the same time as the novel. It was first produced on 19 May 1873 at the Olympic Theatre by Ada Cavendish who played the part of Mercy Merrick opposite Frank Archer as Julian Gray. The play was a great success, running for four months prior to a provincial tour. On the Continent it was performed in Paris, Rome, Berlin and Vienna; and in America Collins was present for the opening of Augustin Daly's production at New York's Broadway Theatre (10 November 1873). There were numerous revivals: at the Charing Cross, subsequently moving to the National Standard Theatre (Bishopsgate), 1875; the Novelty, 1884; The Margate Theatre Royal, 1885; The Oldham Colosseum, 1887; and the Marlborough (Holloway Road), 1906. [ Cast list ]
The New Magdalen: a Dramatic Story in a Prologue
and Three Acts was 'Published by the Author' in 1873 (1 Vol, 158 pp, buff paper
wrappers). There was also a version
by A. D. Ames (no 112), Clyde, Ohio 1882 and a Paris edition in 1887.
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