Item #CL182-1 “Not Dead Yet!” or “The Counterfeit [Gold Rush]” Theatre Royal, Glasgow
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“Not Dead Yet!” or “The Counterfeit [Gold Rush]” Theatre Royal, Glasgow

1866. Letterpress theatre playbill, 75.4 x 25.2cm. Trimmed left margin, repaired minor tears and old folds, slight offset. Linen-backed.

This playbill, dated Friday, 8th June, 1866, initially covers two plays, Faust & Marguerite! and Quite a Romance! , before mentioning a play on the Gold Rush in Bendigo, Australia. The play was adapted from the novel Not dead yet by the English author John Cordy Jeaffreson (1831-1901), and was published in 1864. Three scenes in the second act are set on the Bendigo gold diggings in the year 1862.

The playbill text includes “In rehearsal, and will shortly be produced, a three act drama by [actor] David Fisher with sensational effects and new scenery, founded on actual occurrences, as narrated in the novel by J.C. Jeffreson [sic], which furnishes portions of the story of this play, called Not dead yet! or The Counterfeit: a tale of the times both in England and Australia. The characters of Jasper Jones and Sidney Phillips (otherwise Sir Sidney Martin), both to be sustained by Mr David Fisher. Gilchrist, Printer, 64 Howard St. S. 5-W7. No. 51.” Ref: Wiki. The NLA collection holds a later issue of this playbill.

Item #CL182-1

Price (AUD): $1,100.00  other currencies

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