An April Fool

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An April Fool is a farce in one act by Andrew Halliday (1830–77)[1] and William Brough (1826–1870)[2]

Not to be confused with: April Fool,or The Follies of a Night by Leonard McNally (1786), The April Fool by E. Fitzball (1841) or April Fools by C. Dibdin (1817).

The original text

First performed in the Drury Lane Theatre, London on the 11th April, 1864, with Miss Lydia Thompson as Diana Oldbuck, and R. Roxby and G. Belraore in other parts.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1867: Performed by "Le Roy's Original Company" in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town on 11 and 14 February, with The Octoroon (Boucicault).


Allardyce Nicoll. 1959. A History of English Drama 1660-1900 Vol VI: p.20[3]

William Davenport Adams. A dictionary of the drama; a guide to the plays, play-wrights, players, and playhouses of the United Kingdom and America, from the earliest times to the present. London : Chatto & Windus, facsimile version on[4]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.221

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