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'The Prisoner of Zenda' by Edward Rose, based on the novel by Anthony Hope, Undated [c.1894-1904].

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add. 10138/1/1/4

Scope and Contents

Consists of typed scripts for ‘The Prisoner of Zenda: A Play in a Prologue and four acts’, one of Rose’s most successful plays. The play is a dramatization of Anthony Hope’s novel by the same name which was published in 1894.

Some of the scripts are annotated, or include photographs of scenes from the play or stage directions. One set of the scripts also include a leaflet for the first performance of the play in London.

'The Prisoner of Zenda' was first performed at the Lyceum Theatre in New York (Sep 1895) and again in Feb 1896. It was later performed at the Hacket Theatre in New York in 1908.

The first London appearance of 'The Prisoner of Zenda' was at the St. James Theatre in London in 1896 (for 225 performances), then again at the same theatre in 1897 (9 performances), 1900 (11 performances), 1909 (59 performances). In 1911 it was shown at the Lyceum theatre in London (97 performances), and then in 1923 at the Haymarket (for 110 performances).

Film adaptations of ‘The Prisoner of Zenda’ were released in 1915 (directed by George Loane Tucker), 1922 (directed by Rex Ingram), 1952 (directed by Richard Thorpe) and 1979 (directed by Richard Quine, featuring Peter Sellers).


  • Creation: Undated [c.1894-1904].


Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

The MS Add.10138 Edward Rose papers are owned by the University of Cambridge and are open for consultation under the normal regulations of the University Library's manuscripts collections; see

Please cite as Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, Edward Rose: Writings and family correspondence, Add. 10138


7 folder(s) (7 folders containing 20 booklets)

Language of Materials


Repository Details

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