The stage version of the novel was written in four acts and performed at the Royal Olympic Theatre from 17 September to 17 November 1877.  Collins over-simplified the adaptation, omitting Rosanna Spearman, Ezra Jennings and the Indians.  He restricted the action to a twenty-four hour period at Rachel Verinder's country-house in Kent.  The production was not well received and both Henry Neville (Franklin Blake) and Laura Seymour (Miss Clack) left the cast before the end of the run.  It was the last part played by Mrs Seymour before her death in 1879.  [ Cast list ]  

Moonstone programme at the Olympic Theatre.

The Moonstone - dramatic version text.

Programme for the first night Title-page to text of the play

The Moonstone: A Dramatic Story in Three Acts, Altered from the Novel for Performance on the Stage was never published but 'privately printed for the convenience of the author' (1 vol, 176 pp, paper wrappers (variants in blue or white) printed in black).

Henry Neville in The Moonstone.

Henry Neville

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