The New Magdalen play.

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 ]

Ada Cavendish as Mercy Merrick in The New Magdalen.

Miss Ernstone as Grace Roseberry in The New Magdalen.

Ada Cavendish in the role of Mercy Merrick Mis Ernstone who played the part of Grace Roseberry

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.

The New Magdalen play.

The New Magdalen French version of the play - Madeleine.

Front cover of English text in 1873

Front cover of French edition in 1887


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