A Moving Tale

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A Moving Tale is a farce in one act by Mark Lemon (1809-1870)[1]

The original text

First performed in London at the Adelphi Theatre on 7 June, 1854 and published by L.C. Lacy in the same year.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1870: The play was rehearsed and set to be performed on 5 July, along with All that Glitters is not Gold (Morton and Morton), in the Royal Lyceum Theatre (i.e. a re-baptised Oddfellows Hall), Cape Town, by a company brought together by Ben Webster. However the evening fell into chaos when a new leading actor - billed as "Mr Illford", but actually G.H. Ingoll - withdrew from the productions, citing the incompetence of his fellow actors, and as a result, A Moving Tale was dropped, to be replaced by scenes from King John (Shakespeare).



Allardyce Nicoll. 1975. A History of English Drama 1660-1900: Late 19th Century Drama 1850-1900 Cambridge University Press [2]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.252

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