Une Tasse de Thé

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Une Tasse de Thé ("A cup of tea") is a French play in comedy in one act by Charles Nuitter[1] (pseudonym for Charles Louis Étienne Truinet, 1828-1899) and Joseph Derley (d. 1864)

The original text

First performed in French at the Théâtre du Vaudeville in Paris on September 28, 1860 and again at the Théâtre Français on 28 January 1865. Published in Paris by Michel Lévy Frères in 1860.

Translations and adaptations

Translated from the French into English as A Cup of Tea by the authors (Nuitter and Derley) themselves, and first performed at Royal Princess's Theatre, London, on February the 11th, 1869. The text was published by Thomas Hailes Lacy in the same year. Editions also published by Robert M. De Witt and by Harold Roorbach in New York, and as acting edition, 347 in Samuel French's minor drama.

Performance history in South Africa

1877: Performed as A Cup of Tea, as part of a "Grand Military Night" in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, by Disney Roebuck and his company on 3 October. Also performed was Our Wife, or The Rose of Amiens (Morton). The band of the Connaught Rangers also participated in the evening's entertainment.


WorldCat list of editions of the French text[2]

Transcription version of the French text, Second Edition, of Michel Lévy Frères, Paris, Google E-book[3]

Facsimile version of the 1869 De Witt text, Hathi Trust Digital Library[4]


F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p. 361

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