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Barrington had taken the lease on the St. James's Theatre, and his first production was Grundy and Philips's The Dean's Daughter. Unfortunately, this play failed and Gilbert, who had promised to write a play for Barrington, found himself obliged to fulfill the promise sooner than he expected to. It seems he turned to an old, unperformed play, Brantinghame Hall,s which he could easily modify by building up a small role for Barrington and making the villain psychologically interesting and repentant.
But as The Times commented in its annual review of the theatrical year:
In fact, the play was the worst failure of Gilbert's career, and two consecutive failures proved ruinous to Barrington who found himeslf in the bankruptcy court.
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