A Night at Notting Hill

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A Night at Notting Hill is described as "An Original Apropos Sketch. In One Act" by Edmund Hodgson Yates (1831-1894)[1] and Nicholas Herbert Harrington (fl 1857-1860)[2].

The original text

First produced in London at the Adelphi Theatre in 1857 and published in London by Thomas Hailes Lacy as Volume 29 of Lacy's acting edition of plays.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1861: Performed in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town by the Royal Alfred Dramatic Club on 10 January with as Dido, Queen of Carthage and Fra Diavolo, or The Beauty and the Brigands.

1861: Performed by the Officers of the Regiment (North Lincolnshire Regiment of Foot) in the Garrison Theatre, Grahamstown on 5, 11 and 19 April, with Don't Judge by Appearances (Morton) and Urgent Private Affairs (Coyne). Regarding the plays, the North Lincoln Sphinx reports that: "In the bills, some of the performers appeared under fictitious names, which are alluded to by our correspondent in his letter. So, for the enlightenment of our readers, we give the assumed as well as the real name in our copy of the cast of characters." (In curly brackets) The cast of the Yates and Harrington play were: Colour-Sergeant F. Edwards (Alderman Syllabub), Sergeant-Major T. H. Smith (Private Tight Leathers of the Horse Guard), Captain W. C. O'Shaughnessy (Policeman O'Mutton), Miss Carteret {C. A. Armstrong Esq.} ((Mrs Chutney, the Alderman's housekeeper), W. Malcolm Esq, (Lizzy, the Alderman's housekeeper). (For more on contemporary responses to the performances, see the entry on the North Lincolnshire Regiment of Foot)



Entry in OCLC WorldCat[3]

P.D. Edwards. 2016. Dickens’s ‘Young Men’: George Augustus Sala, Edmund Yates and the World of Victorian Journalism. Routledge[4]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.155-9

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