Bachelor's Buttons

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Bachelor's Buttons is a farce in one act by Edward Stirling (1809-1894)[1].

The original text

Referred to as an "elegant Personation-Commedietta" in the publicity of the Le Roy and Duret Company,

Published in London by Thomas Hailes Lacy in 1837 and by J. Duncombe & co as Duncombe's Acting Edition no. 205.

The website of the Kelmscott Bookshop[2] in Baltimore, Maryland, suggests that the title is Bachelor's Button!, (this despite a handwritten title of Bachelor's Buttons on the cover of the text they have posted). However, elsewhere the play is known by its standard title.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1866: Billed as an "elegant Personation-Commedietta" it was performed as a "complimentary Testimonial to the favourite artiste Mme. Duret by her Admirers" in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 24 May by the Le Roy and Duret Company, with The Octoroon, or Life in Louisiana (Boucicault)

1866: Three performances by the Le Roy and Duret Company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 27 and 30 August, 1 September. As an afterpiece to Rob Roy ().


F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 204, 209, 212.

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