Black-Ey'd Susan



  • A nautical drama by Douglas Jerrold (1803 - 57),subtitled All in the Downs. It was first staged in London in1829 at the Surrey Theatre, running for 400 performances. T. P. Cookewas acclaimed in the leading role of William, a sailor who returnsfrom the sea to find his faithful wife, Susan, pursued by his owncaptain. William strikes the officer and is sentenced to death, butis saved by a last-minute reprieve.

    Black-Ey'd Susan was the first play produced when theRoyal Coburg Theatre reopened in 1833 as the Royal Victoria - soon renamed the Old Vic.