Amateurs and Actors

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Amateurs and Actors is a musical farce in two acts by Richard Brinsley Peake (1792–1847)[1].

The title also found as: Amateurs and Actors, or A Peep behind the Curtain, or Amateurs and Actors, or The Elopement.

The play on occasion wrongly credited as a play by Richard Brinsley Sheridan.

The original text

Performed at the at the English Opera House on 29 August 1818 and published by Cumberland 1818, printed by William Fearman.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1831: Performed on 8 October, as Amateurs and Actors, or A Peep behind the Curtain (and correctly credited) by All the World's a Stage, as afterpiece to Ambrose Guinett, or A Sea-Side Story (Jerrold).

1832: Performed on 3 March by All the World's a Stage as afterpiece to Othello.

1835: Played as Amateurs and Actors on 3 June by the Garrison Players (the Officers of the 98th Regiment) in the Amateur Theatre, under the shorter title and wrongly credited to "Sheridan" by the company and/or the writer in The South African Commercial Advertiser (see Bosman, 1928: p.195). The afterpiece was The Flying Dutchman, or the Phantom Ship (Fitzball).

1838: Performed as Amateurs and Actors on Monday 9 April, by the Private Amateur Company on , alongside Love in Humble Life (Payne) and The Vampire (Planché).


Facsimile version of the 1818 edition, Google E-Book[2]

Review in The Spectator, 30 June 1849, The Spectator online archives[3]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [4]: pp. 195, 207, 217, 220

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