Britannia Prompt Book Title Page


Britannia Prompt Book Title Page


The Britannia Promptbooks mention several performances of The Octoroon (in addition to bearing the inscription from F. Wilton “hys Boke,”) during the management of Sarah Lane, including Wednesday 2 June 1880. The performance lasted “2.5.” Another performance was noted for Monday June 21, 1880, with the same running time. Additionally, an “average” performance time of “2.0” is noted, suggesting that performances of 2.5 hours included a fifth act, which is supported by the handwritten notations in the promptbook, which restore the original ending of the play as it had been performed in New York in 1859, with the heroine committing suicide.

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