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: J. Comyns Carrâs adaptation of Charles Dickensâ unfinished mystery offers a new interpretation of the crime with a surprising ending. Originally produced in 1908, the play gives a psychological study of its characters and is considered one of the first modern adaptations of a Dickens novel. In a âmagnificent productionâ directed by the celebrated actor-manager Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, the play toured throughout England before opening at Londonâs His Majesty's Theatre where it was noted for its âexcellent performances.â A prolific writer for the theatre, J. Comyns Carr was considered a principal playwright of the Edwardian stage. He co-wrote with Thomas Hardy an adaptation of the novelist's "Far From the Madding Crowdâ and along with Arthur Wing Pinero, wrote the libretto for the distinguished composer Arthur Sullivanâs operetta âThe Beauty Stone.â His adaptation of Charles Dickens âOliver Twistâ had both a successful production in London and on Broadway. He was also a noted drama critic, editor, and knowledgeable writer of art history and theory.