An Ugly Customer

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An Ugly Customer is a farce in one act by Thomas J. Williams ()[].

Also found as The Ugly Customer.

The original text

"First performed at the Theatre Royal New Adelphi (under the Management of Mr. B. Webster), on Thursday, December 6, 1860."

Published Boston : Walter H. Baker & Co., [1860?]

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1862: Performed as The Ugly Customer by members of the Dramatic Club of the North Lincolnshire Regiment of Foot in Keiskama Hoek on August 30, September 11 and 19. The cast consisted of T. J. Tucker Esq,. (Mr Simon Coobiddy, a retired grocer), R. Johnson Esq. (Captain Coriolanos Snapdragon), E. Saunders Esq. (Alfred Weston), A. H. Handley Esq. (Sophia Coobiddy), Private J. Davies (Mary, a servant-maid). Also performed were The Royal Quixote and John Maddison Morton's one-act farce, Don't Judge by Appearances. (For more on contemporary responses to the performances, see the entry on the North Lincolnshire Regiment of Foot)

1868: Performed as The Ugly Customer by the Lanarkshire Dramatic Club (amateur players from the 99th Regiment) in the Garrison Theatre, Cape Town, on 8 October, with Caught by the Cuff (Hay).


Facsimile version of the 1860 edition by Baker, Hathi Trust Digital Library[1]

North Lincoln Sphinx Vol 1, No 14. December 10th 1862.

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 262, 278-9

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