This Present Evening, Saturday July 2. 1825 Will be performed, for the 10th Time, a New Historical drama in Three Acts, called The Talisman, a Tale of The Crusaders. To which will be added, by Desire, the Farce of High Life Below Stairs.

  • (Theatre Royal, Edinburgh)
  • [Edinburgh]: [s.n.] 1825


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Small broadside playbill (215 x 275mm). Sometime mounted in a volume and since removed. A little chipped to gutter edge.


A broadside advertisement for the Theatre Royal, Edinburgh, then on Princes Street. This theatrical adaptation reached the stage with bewildering speed, as the novel was published on the 22nd of June, some ten days prior to the advertised tenth performance of this play. The earliest printed text of a theatrical adaptation recorded by Todd and Bowden was 1828 (181Da), with a musical drama 'founded in part on The Talisman' in 1826 (181Db).
It was a Scott-heavy programme for the theatre that week, as James Townley's venerable farce High Life Below Stairs, which takes second billing has interpolated into its second act 'the comic quadrille to the air of Nid Noddin', probably that from the 1822 musical play Montrose, based on Scott's Tales of My Landlord; the third theatrical entertainment advertised here is based on Scott's 1820 novel The Abbott.

Location & Opening Times

3a & 4a Haddington Place, Edinburgh, EH7 4AE

Opening Hours

Open seven days a week, 11am - 5pm

On Thursdays late night opening until 8pm