A Duel in the Dark

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A Duel in the Dark is a farce in one act by J. Stirling Coyne (1803-1868)[1].

Also found as A Duel in the Dark!.

The original text

This was most probably an English adaptation of Il Duello al Buio ("The duel in the dark") a melodrama in two acts with a Italian libretto by Giuseppe Checcherini (1777–1840)[2], which was published by Tipografia Flautina in 1835[3]

First performed in the Theatre Royal Haymarket on January the 31st, 1852 by Buckstone and published in London by Thomas Hailes Lacy.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1866: Performed by the Le Roy-Duret Company as part of their introductory production in the Harrington Street Theatre , Cape Town, on 29 January, as afterpiece to Lucretia Borgia (Hugo/Donizetti, or Hugo/Weston).

1866: Performed by the Le Roy-Duret Company on 20 April, with Love in Humble Life (Scribe and Dupin/Payne) and The Dear Admiral (Anon.)



Facsimile version of the 1852 text by Lacy, The Internet Archive[4]


F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.202-204, 209

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