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Monday, February 27, 2012

'BLACK-EY'D SUSAN'

One of the plays the man who appears to have been George Mawbey acted in was Black Ey'd Susan or All in the Downs.
This was a nautical melodrama in three acts that had been a huge success in London when it had made its debut there in 1829.
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Written by Douglas Jerrold, a former sailor and writer for the satirical magazine, Punch, it was about the wife of a sailor who falls on hard times while her husband is away at sea.
Her landlord and the sailor's amorous drunken captain both try to take advantage of her, but her husband who returns a nautical hero eventually saves her.
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The play was set at the end of the Napoleonic wars and would have resonnated with many seamen and their wives at that time.
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It ran at the Surrey Theatre in Blackfriars Street, London in the Borough of Lambeth for 300 nights.
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Black-Ey'd Susan was performed as the opening production at the restored Theatre Royal at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England from 11-22 Septempber 2008 after having been unseen for 100 years.