Basil Macdonald Hastings’s dramatization of Joseph Conrad’s Victory enjoyed a run of over eighty performances at London’s Globe Theatre in 1919 with actor-producer Marie Löhr in the role of Lena. It remains the most successful stage adaptation of Conrad’s fiction and Conrad himself was closely involved in the development of the script.
This generously illustrated volume presents the complete script of Macdonald Hastings’s play, the collected theatre reviews of the production, and the stage censor’s confidential report on the script. The volume also features a substantial introduction placing the original novel and its subsequent dramatization in a stimulating critical and cultural context.
Richard J. Hand is Professor of Theatre and Media Drama at the University of Glamorgan, Wales, UK. He is the author of The Theatre of Joseph Conrad: Reconstructed Fictions (Palgrave, 2005) and has published numerous articles and book chapters on Conrad as well as on other figures from Ambrose Bierce to Frank Zappa. He has published numerous pieces in the area of adaptation studies and horror studies and has translated a number of plays by Victor Hugo and other French dramatists. He is an active theatre director and produced the world premiere of Conrad’s Laughing Anne in 2000.
List of Illustrations A Note on Texts Acknowledgements I. Introduction: Conrad’s Victory; An Island Tale (1915) and Basil Macdonald Hastings’s Victory: A Play in Three Acts (1919)
II. Victory: A Play in Three Acts by Basil Macdonald Hastings
III. Victory: A Play in Three Acts: The Official Report of the Lord Chamberlain’s Office
IV. Previews and Reviews of Victory at the Globe Theatre, 1919